When the club finally announced that Tito Vilanova was going to be the new manager of FC Barcelona, it also denoted that Sandro Rosell’s era as FC Barcelona president has begun. With Pep Guardiola out of the picture, Rosell now has the power to lead the club in his own vision without any interference. Will this be a good thing in the long run?
Even though Rosell will be kicking off his third season as Barça president when Barça kick off another competitive season, this will be his first season as the man with complete control. It’s no secret that many felt that Guardiola had more control over the decisions regarding the team. How can any president come in and tell a manager who has won back to back league titles, a Champions League title and amassed a run of numerous successes, how to run his team? How Rosell convinced Guardiola to sell Chygrynskiy is beyond me but it had to be done.
With Guardiola out of the picture, will Tito command enough clout to veto any transfers? Better yet, how patient will Rosell be with Tito if the club struggles next season? Players such as Pedro and Keita don’t have Guardiola to make it obvious he wouldn’t part with them and I doubt Tito can muster the same amount of influence to make sure Rosell does not mess with his roster.
Guardiola mentioned in the past how much the club learned from Real Madrid’s “Quinta del Buitre” by relying more on players who came through the youth setup. Well hopefully the club will also learn from Real Madrid’s “Galacticos” policy and not commit the same mistakes. These same mistakes do not refer to the policy of spending amazing amount of money on big name players; Rosell is never going to follow Laporta’s habit of excessive spending.
No, the mistakes I am referring to deal with the president going over his manager’s head and conducting transfers without the manager’s input. Madrid’s president, Florentino Perez, got rid of Claude Makélélé without new manager Carlos Queiroz’s input. There has been talk this summer that Dani Alves might be on the chopping block because of his odd behavior near the end of this past season and the fact that Rosell can still command a good deal for the Brazilian fullback from any would be suitors. Hopefully Rosell will realize that although it is good to cash in on some players who would command a good transfer price and boost the club’s coffers, it is still best to consult with Tito before he pulls the trigger on any deals regarding players coming and going.
Only time will tell how things will pan out now that Guardiola is gone and Rosell is now the boss. Rosell knows what lies ahead and has to make sure the club does not repeat the same mistakes that his predecessors, Josep Lluís Núñez and Joan Gaspart, made when it came to being impatient with managers while also staying away from Perez’s mistakes of signing and getting rid of players without Tito’s feedback. History has a way of repeating itself and Rosell’s best course of action is to make sure that never happens.
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