Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu and entire board set to resign
By Alex Milne | Mirror |
Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu is set to step down from his position at the club along with the whole of the board.
The 57-year-old had come under heavy pressure to hand in his resignation amid turbulent scenes at the Catalan giants.
A vote of no confidence motion was taken against Bartomeu, and after a meeting held on Tuesday afternoon he decided to leave on his terms, according to Spanish publication Diario Sport.
It comes after Bartomeu came under huge recent scrutiny, particularly after a summer in which star player Lionel Messi attempted to quit the club.
It remains to be seen who his successor will be, but it appears there will be a huge shake-up at the Nou Camp as they aim to bounce back from their few months of turmoil.
Bartomeu took charge of Barcelona in 2014 following the resignation of Sandro Rosell, and despite early success under his reign things turned sour recently.
Last month he was accused of corruption by Catalan police, although he continues to deny the allegations.
As recently as Monday Bartomeu appeared confident about the future of Barcelona, and insisted they would win another title soon.
He told Goal: “Our priority was keeping Messi as part of our new project so I decided against starting a discussion.
“I had been accused of forcing his departure in order to balance our books. Well, no, we put the interests of the club first and didn’t want to reinforce a direct rival. We made that decision knowing that we would be criticised for it.
“I understand the positions of everyone, empathising is important. In the case of Leo, it is good to get angry because it is not good to accept defeat and we have all gotten angry.
“The project is very interesting with young people and veterans, like Messi. And I think that, with him, we are going to win a title this season.”