With many fans worrying that the former midfielder might still lack experience, Tribuna.com user Adu Michael asked us to list the pre-Barca achievements of all of the coaches that sat in the Camp Nou dugout since 2000. By comparing those, we might get a better understanding of how important experience really is.
Lorenzo Serra Ferrer
Achievements: got promoted to La Liga twice with Mallorca, reached the 1991 Copa del Rey final; gaining La Liga promotion with Real Betis in the first season, finishing 3rd in La Liga in the following season, reaching Copa del Rey final and finishing 4th in 1997.
Barca career (2000-01): Was appointed as Luis van Gaal's successor in the 2000/01 term but was fired the same season with the team in 5th place in the league by the 31st round.
Coaching experience: La Masia (1983-87), Barca assistant (1987-96), Barca caretaker (1991). Yokohama Flugels (1998).
Achievements: Worked as Johan Cruyff's assistant for nine years, winning 11 titles. In 1991, Cruyff underwent emergency heart surgery so Rexach stepped up and lead the team to a domestic title.
Barca career (2001-02): Managed to qualify Barca for the Champions League when taking over from Serra Ferrer in the 2000/01 season but went trophyless the season after, resulting in his dismissal.
Louis van Gaal
Achievements: 11 trophies at Ajax, including the 1994/95 Champions League title, 4 trophies at Barca during his first spell.
Barca career (2002-03): Was sacked at mid-season due to bad results while also picking up a fight with Rivaldo, leading to the Brazilian's move to AC Milan.
Achievements: Winning the domestic double with Atletico in the 1995/96 season.
Barca career (2003): Finished in 6th spot in La Liga and reached the CL quarter-finals. Joan Laporta refused to extend his contract in the summer and Antic left the club.
Coaching experience: Netherlands (1998-2000), Sparta Rotterdam (2001-02).
Achievements: 36.35% win record at the Dutch national team, %15.79 win record at Sparta.
Barca career (2003-08): Five trophies across five seasons, including the 2005/06 Champions League title and two La Ligas.
Coaching experience: Barcelona B (2007-08).
Achievements: Won the Tercera Division and gained promotion to the third tier of Spanish football.
Barca career (2008-12): 14 trophies in four seasons, including the Sextuple in 2009.
Coaching experience: La Masia (2001-03), Palafrugell (2003-04), Barca B assistant (2007-08), Barca assistant (2008-12).
Achievements: Worked as Guardiola's assistant during one of the best periods in the club's history.
Barca career (2012-13): Won the 2012/13 La Liga with a record-breaking 100 points, had to quit the job due to illness.
Coaching experience: Brown de Arrecifes (1998), Platense (1999), Instituto (2000), Libertad (2002-03), Cerro Porteno (2003-04), Colon (2005), Libertad (2005-06), Paraguay (2007-11), Newell's Old Boys (2012-13).
Achievements: Won the Paraguayan Primera Division four times, the Argentine Primera Division once, and reached the 2011 Copa America final with Paraguay, losing to Uruguay 3-0.
Barca career (2013-14): Won the Supercopa de Espana, finished second in La Liga and reached the CL quarter-finals. Quit his job at the end of the season after failing to win a major trophy.
Achievements: Finished 7th in Serie A with Roma, finished 9th with Celta in La Liga.
Barca career (2014-17): Won nine trophies in his three seasons at the club, including the 2015 treble.
Coaching experience: Athletic Bilbao assistant (2001-02), Bilbao Athletic (reserves) (2002-03), Athletic Bilbao (2003-05), Espanyol (2006-08), Olympiacos (2008-09), Villarreal (2009-10), Olympiacos (2010-12) Valencia (2012-13), Athletic Bilbao (2013-2017).
Achievements: UEFA Cup runner up at Espanyol, five trophies with Olympiacos, 2015 Supercopa de Espana with Bilbao (after beating Barca in the final).
Barca career (2017-20): Won four trophies at Barca and reached the Champions League semi-finals in the first year. Was sacked during his third season at the club after a series of bad results.
Achievements: Saved Las Palmas from relegation in his first season, took Real Betis to the Europa League group stage.
Barca career (2020): Went trophyless despite Barca leading in La Liga at the time of his arrival, sacked after losing 8-2 to Bayern Munich in the Champions League.
Coaching experience: Vitesse (2000-01), Ajax (2001-05), Benfica (2005-06), PSV (2006-07), Valencia (2007-08), AZ (2009), Feyenoord (2011-14), Southampton (2014-16), Everton (2016-17), Netherlands (2018-20).
Achievements: Six trophies during his time in the Netherlands, won the cup with Benfica and the Copa del Rey with Valencia, UEFA Nations League runner-up with the Netherlands.
Barca career (2020-present day): Won the Copa del Rey while missing out on the Champions League and league title.
Xavi not yet a 'top' coach for Laporta, no consensus regarding his appointment — multiple sources
According to Cadena SER's reliable Sique Rodriguez, Xavi Hernandez is not yet a 'top' coach in Joan Laporta's eyes. The former Blaugrana midfielder has never been an option to coach Barcelona, it's added.
At the same time, the president is aware that parting ways with Ronald Koeman and landing a 'top' coach is going to cost a lot of money.
Another reliable source, COPE's Helena Condis, claims that there is no overall consensus regarding Xavi's appointment within the board. There are many other names on the list of potential Koeman successors, and the club believes that they have to thoroughly analyze everyone before deciding who should lead the new project at Barca.
Meanwhile, there have been reports from less reliable sources, namely Diario Sport and ARA, claiming that Xavi was the favourite to be appointed as Koeman's replacement.
Tribuna.com encourage you to treat every rumour with patience. The season isn't officially over, the pre-season is far away, so it's unlikely that we'll know who will sit in the dugout at Camp Nou in the 2021/22 season in the coming days.
Xavi reacts to strong Barcelona links as he lands in Catalonia
As Ronald Koeman's future at the helm of the Catalans has been put in doubt after a 2-1 loss to Celta Vigo on Sunday, Xavi has re-emerged as Laporta's favourite to replace the Dutchman at the end of the season.
Some reports have suggested that Laporta and Xavi will have a meeting in the next few days.
The 41-year-old, however, doesn't seem likely to return to Camp Nou anytime soon as he extended his contract with Al Sadd until 2023 earlier this month.