Barcelona boss time as a coach is up and everybody knows it.

For many, that should have been the case at the end of last season after Barcelona collapsed at Anfield in an historic Champions League debacle.

They opted for the latter and, with the team still struggling to hit top form halfway through the season, there are few who think that was a good choice.

Barcelona capitulated in the Spanish Super Cup semi-final against Atletico Madrid, throwing away a 2-1 lead to lose 3-2 in Jeddah, although curiously produced one of their best performances of the season before a dramatic final 10 minutes.

Too little, too late; realistically there’s nothing Valverde can do to keep his job.

Barcelona sporting director Eric Abidal has reportedly met with legendary former player Xavi Hernandez, the current coach of Al Sadd and someone who has never hidden his desire to coach the Catalan giants in the future.

The situation may dictate that Xavi will take over next season, despite the ex-midfielder not yet proving much in Qatar and still being on a steep learning curve.

Valverde before Xavi eventually takes over.

Ronald Koeman is one option that has been mentioned, and the earliest he would leave the Netherlands is after Euro 2020 this summer.

Fans at the King Abdullah Sports City stadium in Saudi Arabia booed and jeered Valverde as he appeared on the big screens and some held banners telling him to leave.

While supporters at Camp Nou are more moderate, the crowd reaction at the Super Cup reflects a lot of internet chatter and the international fan opinion on Valverde. Many have never warmed to him.

Barcelona don’t see any advantage in sacking Valverde now but there is a feeling that enough is enough. The team aren’t playing well and that is an important factor at this club.


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