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Ronald Koeman sacked, Xavi or Pep Guardiola appointed manager, and Lionel Messi's future

talksport.com 10/28/2020

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu resigned from his position on Tuesday evening, along with the rest of the board of directors.

With a petition among club members to remove him reaching 20,000 signatures, he opted to leave his post five months early rather than face a vote of no confidence.

Bartomeu has now left Barcelona after several months of controversy View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Bartomeu has now left Barcelona after several months of controversy

Financial mismanagement and poor work in the transfer market since his arrival in 2014 have led to growing resentment among supporters.

The summer’s Lionel Messi saga, with the Argentine attempting to leave the club where he has spent his entire senior career, was the final straw.

Now, Bartomeu is gone and a brighter future should be around the corner… but not quite.

Whoever becomes the next president, they face a huge battle on and off the pitch with a mismatched squad and money problems, while also trying to ensure supporters remain on side.

Barcelona are one of the biggest clubs in world football and getting them back to where they once were is a huge task to undertake.

What happens next?

An election will happen and currently it is business executive and media entrepreneur Victor Font who is favourite to win the vote.

Ex-president Joan Laporta is also in the race, although he doesn’t seem to have a solid plan.

A Barcelona member, Font is keen to reform the club and ensure it becomes economically stable while remaining in the hands of supporters.

His ‘Si al futur’ (Yes to the Future) campaign is seeking to build a new Barca by 2030 as they look to compete after all the members of their ‘golden generation’ are no longer in the side.

Barcelona fans fully turned on Bartomeu in the summer View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Barcelona fans fully turned on Bartomeu in the summer

La Masia is the focus again

It was once said Barcelona make superstars while Real Madrid buy them, but right now it has completely flipped.

Real Madrid are bringing in young talents to help them progress, while Barca have been forking out millions in a bid to keep them at the top of the table in Spain and Europe.

Huge fees for Philippe Coutinho and Ousmane Dembele haven’t paid off, while Antoine Griezmann hasn’t been as effective as fans and management wanted.

Font dreams of the ‘old days’ when the core of the team were La Masia graduates and hopes to make it happen, believing every role at the club should be taken by someone who knows Barcelona’s model.

Andres Iniesta (left) and Xavi (right) were hugely successful at Barcelona after graduating from La Masia View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Andres Iniesta (left) and Xavi (right) were hugely successful at Barcelona after graduating from La Masia

Sort out the finances

It’s believed the current economic situation may well be the hardest the club has ever faced.

It’s no surprise on several levels considering Barcelona is owned by supporters, and they have also failed to spend wisely in the transfer market.

Font wants to improve the way the club currently generate money across the globe so they can remain self-sufficient and not rely on billionaires and huge companies to fund their transfer expenditure and wages.

Bartomeu signed Dembele for £135m in August 2017 but things haven’t gone to plan View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Bartomeu signed Dembele for £135m in August 2017 but things haven’t gone to plan

Ronald Koeman sacked, Xavi or Pep Guardiola in?

Font, perhaps a little too candidly, admitted he would be getting rid of the Dutchman should he become president.

But in an interview on talkSPORT back in September he clarified the situation.

Font told White and Sawyer: “It was taken out of context. What I said was that in the last seven years we have been working on designing a project, a project that has many different pieces, and obviously the sports organisation is a very relevant part of that complex puzzle.

“We’ve been working on what the sports organisation would look like with the leadership of Xavi Hernandez, and what I said is, if we have the honour of being chosen by the members and we become the board of the club, we would like to implement the project we’ve been working on.

“Xavi as the leader of the sports organisation would be making the decision of how to handle the situation of Koeman, and I’m sure that if Koeman does well Xavi will take care of that in the right way.”

Could Xavi be Barcelona’s next manager? View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Could Xavi be Barcelona’s next manager?

If Laporta gets the nod ahead of Font, though, he wants legendary boss Guardiola to come back and take charge.

He said back in May: “I would very much like Guardiola to come back but now he is at City and it is a decision that Pep should take. He is a benchmark for Barcelona and many Catalans would like him to coach Barça again.

“At the right time, I will speak to the person we think should be a Barça coach from 2021.”

Guardiola might be tempted back to Barcelona, especially if things go belly up with Man City this season View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Guardiola might be tempted back to Barcelona, especially if things go belly up with Man City this season

Lionel Messi

Whatever happens in the next few months, it’s clear the long-term plan is to have the living legend become a key figure off the pitch when he retires.

Font told talkSPORT: “The ties between Messi and Barcelona are very deep; he came to the city 20 years ago, he’s been playing for this club all his life. Messi is Barcelona, Barcelona is Messi, and what we need to ensure is that even if he leaves now these ties between Messi are Barcelona prevail.

“We have a plan, and the plan we have for the future is the club would like to count on Messi, even after he retires.”

But in the short-term it’s clear the Argentine can still be a huge figure at the Camp Nou and all will be done to keep him.

Messi could leave Barcelona for free next summer if he does not renew his contract View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Messi could leave Barcelona for free next summer if he does not renew his contract

European Super League

On the way out of the Camp Nou, Bartomeu dropped one last bombshell.

He said: “I can announce some extraordinary news,” said Bartomeu. “Yesterday we accepted a proposal to participate in a future European Super League, which would guarantee the future financial sustainability of the club. And we’ve accepted the future CWC [Club World Cup] format.”

It’s not totally guaranteed as it would need to be voted on by club members but the fact it has the potential to improve the club’s poor economic state can’t be ignored.

If it does go ahead it wouldn’t start until 2024 and who knows what will happen before then…

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Top Comments
GUEST_QKzQxMdVg · 10/29/2020
Koeman is a great coach just give him time
GUEST_8A1g4ldaV · 10/29/2020
Your headline is misleading
SirCollinzo · 10/29/2020
#NopenaltyNogoalforPemessi. 😁 😁 😁
AriesCillarsFatai · 10/29/2020
Nothing good can happen,except they change there orientation about messi,everybody are trying to please messi,at the detriment of the club

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