Laporta believes Xavi is not quite ready to coach Barcelona yet

Laporta believes Xavi is not quite ready to coach Barcelona yet

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The ex-Barça midfielder is doing a great job in Qatar but Laporta's backing Koeman

Ex-Barcelona president Joan Laporta has made it clear in an interview with RAC1 that Ronald Koeman will remain as his coach if he's elected on March. 7.

Laporta, who was Barça chief between 2003 and 2010, feels that it's still too soon for Xavi Hernandez, who is closely if not officially linked to Victor Font's campaign.

"My relationship with Xavi continues to be very good," Laporta explained. "We call each other often, beyond the fact it may seem he's part of another campaign, because I have seen that's been denied.

"In my proposal, I think that in the short, medium or long-term he can be the Barça coach, because he wants to be.

"(But) he needs a little more preparation. The club requires experience. It's the same as we did with Rijkaard, who laid the foundations, and Guardiola, who brought excellence.

"First of all, we have to respect Koeman, who has a contract. He's a Barcelona great and deserves all our respect, although results and performances count. The current situation requires experience."

Laporta also spoke about the possible incorporation of Jordi Cruyff as sporting director, commenting that "I have a good friendship with him and value him a lot professionally. He's intelligent and knows football. I count on every asset of Barcelinismo, but at the moment I don't have commitments with anyone."