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Will Barcelona be forced to replace Tito Vilanova?

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Vilanova has won the league in his debut season in charge (©GettyImages)
Vilanova has won the league in his debut season in charge (©GettyImages).

Tito Vilanova’s long-term future at Barcelona remains very much in doubt due to health problems which might force the club to search for a new manager next season.

The 44-year-old revealed in a recent press conference that he will have to return to New York for further treatment and the club showed full support for their manager, who took over the reigns following Pep Guardiola’s departure from the club.

It's possible that if Vilanova takes longer to recover than expected, he may step down for the good of the team.

Barcelona lost many points when Vilanova was away and assistant manager Jordi Roura was in charge, something that would be more damaging next season.

Even Lionel Messi admitted that Vilanova’s two-month absence hit the team hard and the side suffered a terrible dip in form.

Former Barcelona president Joan Laporta was also vocal in this issue. Hours after Barcelona humiliatingly crashed out of the Champions League against Bayern Munich he told reporters that the club should have hired a new manager while Vilanova was away.

It’s Sandro Rosell’s decision now. The current president has a hard decision to either keep Vilanova or name a new ‘permanent’ manager because the absence of a full-time manager could be disrupting and distracting for the players.

So far nothing is certain and everything is related to the way Vilanova’s treatment goes - and if the results are negative then the La Liga champions will have to find a new manager before the open of the transfer window for the best interests of the team.

 

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