The crisis at Barcelona looks like it’s setting in despite the clubs emphatic win last night in La Copa del Rey against bottom feeders Elche. The team won by 5 goals to nil and although it took the fans’ minds off the crisis, the problem looks worrying.
The Daily Mirror report today that the Catalans plan a raid on Manchester City chiefs including Manuel Pellegrini into the package. City’s chief executive Ferrán Soriano and football director Txiki Begiristain are said to be targeted by the Catalan giants to lead them into a new era.
If the Nou Camp entity are successful in snatching the pair then they may go for a triple whammy and lure Manuel Pellegrini back to the Spanish League, too.
The Mirror also adds that these revelations will add a certain spice and drama to the pair’s last 16 clash in the Champions League. The news comes after the sacking of sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta which was followed by the resignation of Barça legend Carles Puyol, who was his assistant. Obviously the club is now on the lookout to find a new sporting director and manager Luis Enrique’s post looks certain to come under much scrutiny, too.
Now top that off with Messi falling out with the manager and the club is now threatened with complete and utter meltdown. Ex Barça boss Joan Laporta, who Begiristain worked under whilst at the club from 2003 -2010, looks certain to run for the club’s presidency in the summer and is the hot favourite. Could we be seeing the ultimate coup taking place by Laporta? Would he be able to save the club from more egg on their face by drafting in Soriano, Begiristain and Manuel Pellegrini? We will see.
What do you think about the Barça crisis? Will it just blow over or will the Catalans have to get rid of Luis Enrique to save the club?