Xavi Hernandez, apart from negotiating his departure with the sheikh, he also had to pronounce on who considered the most suitable person to relieve him on the Al Sadd bench. During the talks he had last week with Mohammed bin Al Thani in his palace, the now Barcelona coach put on the table the name of Argentine Javier Mascherano as the ideal candidate to take the reins of the Qatari team. Xavi highlighted the strong character and professionalism of the ‘little boss’ as his best virtues, as well as a wide knowledge of international football and a vision of the game very similar to yours. In addition, he stressed to the owner of Al Sadd that Mascherano had the intention of taking on a new challenge on the bench as of January, so the option of taking a team like Al Sadd could be very attractive for the former Blaugrana.
Nevertheless, the owner of Al Sadd was not completely convinced of the recommendations from Xavi to his former partner, leaving the name still in the air of the next occupant of the bench. And it is that he did not need to make the decision right now, since football in Qatar has stopped for almost a month and a half for the dispute between the Arabian Cup teams.
In any case, Mascherano, who is now working as an assistant in the Argentine Federation, plans to take a step forward in his new career as a coach. after hanging up the boots now a year ago. His idea, according to his representative Walter Tamer this summer, would be to start a project in January in a professional team, accompanied by teacher Blanco and Óscar Hernández, a Catalan coach who worked with the defender in Japan. In Argentina it was openly speculated that the club where he would start his professional coaching career could be the Racing Club de Avellaneda.
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Xavi proposed Mascherano as his substitute at Al Sadd