According to Cadena Ser, a group of club socios are preparing to launch a vote of no confidence against the current Barcelona board of directors run by president Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Socio member Josep María Cremada told Cadena Ser: “We need almost 18,000 signatures. We are a transversal group, with no one behind us. The club’s management by the board is totally unacceptable, We already have between 2,000 and 5,000 signatures for the motion.”
The management has been held responsible for Barcelona’s recent failures in domestic and international competitions. Also, the club is heavily criticized for the management of transfers in the latest seasons. Despite the campaigns against him, however, Bartomeu has no intention to resign.
The upcoming presidential election is scheduled for 2021 and will elect a new president for 6 years. It is known that former president Joan Laporta will run for the presidency. Victor Font, another candidate, is also on the list of potential upcoming presidents.
Source: Cadena Ser via Tribuna
Barcelona have spent a record 1 billion Euros in last five seasons
At this point, practically everyone not living under a rock knows Barcelona are struggling financially. Part of that issue is certainly the ongoing pandemic, which has put more than just a dent in everyone’s wallets. However, the other part of that problem was also self-inflicted when it comes to the Catalan giants.
According to Carrusel Deportivo‘s latest report, Barcelona have spent a record one billion euros in the last five seasons on the market. They’ve gathered the information from Transfermarkt and their data source of spendings to create a list of teams who have spent the most in recent times.
And with a total of 1.057 million euros thrown down the drain, Barcelona have convincingly taken the first spot. Of course, this is not exactly a race you want to be leading or winning, for that matter. Manchester City are just behind them with €952M and Juventus are third with €941M.
Interestingly, Real Madrid are the ones who have lost the least amount, ‘only’ €47M, which is indeed pocket change compared to Barcelona’s €367M. Still, it has to be noted that the Catalans are also the club with the second-highest income in the last five years, €690M to be more precise, but that is so heavily outweighed by the losses that it hardly makes a difference.
When we take all of that into account, it really does become crystal clear why they are in such a mess in the first place. Needless to say, whoever wins the elections in less than a week’s time will have a mountain to climb to get the club out of this mess.
But we should also understand that kind of a job is not something you can solve quickly. It may take a couple of seasons of good and sensible business to bring Barcelona back from the brink.
Still, it is possible and with the right leadership, it should inevitably happen.