Irrespective on how much weight one places on the scandals following the maximum two terms as FC Barcelona President, the importance of Joan Laporta in transforming FC Barcelona into what it is today cannot be refuted. Never one to shy away from the issues, Laporta offered his views to Catalunya Ràdio on Guardiola leaving.
Unfortunately, the bitterness between himself and Rosell once again surfaced, with Laporta claiming “from the current leadership he’s [Guardiola] done well to leave because they have an obsession to destroy everything that we [his former office] built and Pep also formed part of our project.”
The jabs at Rosell didn’t stop there. Laporta in a way blames the current president and his team for Guardiola becoming so weary. “The coach [Guardiola] had to assume responsibilities not usually his own which lead to a great strain and to taking the decision [to leave]”.
As do many others, Laporta sees Guardiola back at the club one day, even as a President in the near future. “I believe that Pep is prepared to be president whenever he wants.” Laporta said his public goodbye with “I’d like to tell Pep that he built a beautiful history and he will never be alone.”
Laporta also had a final word on Tito Vilanova: “To be the first team coach of Barça requires skills that I hope Tito will gain.”
Source: Sport; Image: AP Photo/Manu Fernandez