Monday, June 14, 2010

In from the cold


It's been a long road back for Sandro Rosell, who'll become the 39th President of FC Barcelona on July 1st. Part of the 'Elefant Blau', he was Joan Laporta's right hand man when Laporta came to power in 2003. Hugely instrumental in the signing of Ronaldinho from PSG (Rosell was formerly in charge of Nike in Spain and Portugal and good friends with 'dinho) and the club's revival, he grew disillusioned with Laporta's overly authoritarian style of of management/ was pushed to the sidelines and eventually resigned as vice president in June 2005.

Since leaving he's been fiercely critical of Laporta (indeed his book didn't help relations between the two) so it's was nice to see them embrace last night/ this morning after Rosell's victory (he romped home with just over 61% of the vote)

I'm very happy with Rosell as President. He was far and away the best candidate and his expressed desire to get a handle on the club's huge debt can only be a good thing. He was however the least committed of all four in bringing Cesc Fabregas back to the Camp Nou. He's set for talks in the next few days with both Guardiola and Laporta about Cesc (and all manner of other things too one expects, such as what the hell to do with Hleb, Cacares, Chygrynskiy... and the future of Director of Futbol, Txiki Bergiristain and who'll replace General Manager Joan Oliver).

I'll put up a longer post during the week on how I expect the club to change under Rosell and what needs addressing but right now I think his win is a very good thing for the club.

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