The contenders gunning for the Barcelona presidency


Barcelona‘s elections are eight months away but already names like Jurgen Klopp, Xavi and Pep Guardiola have been mentioned as potential candidates’ picks as new coach. 

Sportsmail looks at the pretenders to the Nou Camp throne and which manager they are promising to bring with them – despite Ronald Koeman only being appointed as Quique Setien’s replacement last week.

Josep Maria Bartomeu (L) will be replaced as Barcelona president when elections are held

Josep Maria Bartomeu (L) will be replaced as Barcelona president when elections are held

Barcelona are in disarray on and off the pitch and players want big changes in the boardroom

Barcelona are in disarray on and off the pitch and players want big changes in the boardroom

The Bartomeu-continuity candidate

There is some doubt over who this will be. It was going to be Emili Rousaud but he resigned and then insinuated corruption at the club leading to a major legal wrangle, so probably not the man for the job anymore! 

Oriol Tomas or Xavier Vilajoana could fill the void but neither has much of a profile right now. Vilajoana was at the club’s youth academy as a young boy and his father was a director under former president Jose Luis Nunez. 

Tomas is the club’s commercial vice-president charged with finding the new partners to bring money in. His job is more important now than ever and could catapult him into the front line.

Oriol Tomas has an important role and could be the man to take over the reins from Bartomeu

Oriol Tomas has an important role and could be the man to take over the reins from Bartomeu

His coach

Ronald Koeman will stay if the continuity candidate wins. And for that to be a viable option, Barcelona will have to be in pretty good shape on the pitch come March when elections are due.

His chances

Not great. It would take an amazing turnaround for anyone associated with the current board to win the next election.

The favourite

Victor Font was the first to officially confirm he will run. He seems to have all the big guns riding with him. 

Xavi Hernandez seems to be his coach in waiting. That’s why, when the current board sacked Ernesto Valverde in January, they tried to get Xavi. It’s also why he turned down the job offer. 

Carles Puyol is a possible director of football and if that dream team is not enough to whet the Barca fans’ appetites, Andres Iniesta has also hinted he could be involved at some point, although he has no immediate plans to cut short his playing career in Japan.

Victor Font is the leading contender to get the vote and has already set out big plans

Victor Font is the leading contender to get the vote and has already set out big plans

Font is dreaming of Xavi (left) returning as coach and Carles Puyol (right) as director of football

Font is dreaming of Xavi (left) returning as coach and Carles Puyol (right) as director of football

His coach

It’s the Xavi-Puyol dream team as coach and director of football.

His chances

If Font does get both those two huge names on board then he will be hard to beat.

The returning giant?

Joan Laporta won two Champions Leagues under two different coaches when he led the club from 2003 to 2010. 

He has the charisma and the leadership pedigree. And he has already sloganised his campaign in brilliant fashion: ‘Barcelona is now the club of the €3billion,’ he says –’€1b in revenue; €1b in expenditure, and €1b in debt.’ 

As of yet there are no big hitters in the…



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