I'd gladly move on from the 5m release clause as fast as possible. Just get Xavi and start the rebuilding process. Also I expect some bad results in the following months but I can live with that, I'm pretty sure Xavi will leave his mark with this young squad.
The expectation I will be having from him:
LEt's start with the most important:
1) The best players to play
You know who exactly this is targeting: the Amigos.
No privileges in the dressing room, meritocracy based on performance.
What we hoped Koeman to do, but he eventually made a pact with the Amigos
Xavi pushes away his buddies to do that, and he immediately gains my respect
2) Better football obviously.
But I wanna be more specific:
Better construction of build-up and attacks and more innovation as to the movement of the players close to the final 3rd
I know that our defense will suffer in transitions, that's expectable with the football Xavi envisions
3) Sub-point of the above, but really imporant:
See again the team having WINGERS and WIDTH in attack.
It has been painful all those years to see the team playing with false-RW, and false-LW, who all want to occupy the same central space
4) Having a healthy and fit team
That means proper training of as many hours per week as top clubs, and not fooling around between Amigos as it has been for years.
That also means improving the medical department of the team. OK, that's not totally on him, but on Laporta as well,
but I hope to see some influence in delegating responsibilities and blame for the constant injuries and re-lapses of players.
That's about it.
Really low bar,
no expectation of either trophies OR becoming top-5 team in Europe again (for that we need a truly WC coach, and it will happen prob after Xavi)
but to steady the ship towards the correct pathway