Barcelona Former Barcelona president discussed club’s situation
Sandro Rosell‘s days at Barcelona are long gone, having served time in prison during an investigation into his conduct while in the role, but he still has insight into life at Camp Nou and does not expect coach Quique Setien to be dismissed soon.
In an interview with Catalunya Radio, Rosell addressed the rumours about Setien‘s future from the off.
“From what I know, it’s not true [about Setien being on the brink of the sack],” Rosell told Catalunya Radio.
“Why write that if it’s not true? Why do Catalan media publish it without verifying?
“Catalans hurt ourselves; we shoot ourselves in the foot.
“If someone from the club comes out today to say it’s not true, they won’t believe them either.
“Sometimes the worst for a Catalan is another Catalan, we feed the enemy.”
Some have suggested that Xavi Hernandez could come in to replace the former Real Betis coach, which Rosell seems open to.
“I’d like that, I think it would be good for him, that first he had more experience in European football,” he responded.
“If he was my little brother, I’d advise him of that before he came to this crusher, but he knows what’s best for him.”
Rosell was also asked about club elections as Josep Maria Bartomeu‘s presidency comes to an end, with Rosell‘s former rival Joan Laporta among the candidates.
“For now, I know who it shouldn’t be, someone who has personal or media reasons behind them,” he said.
“I don’t know Victor Font, but I will try to know him to understand if he has people behind him who have interests that aren’t Barcelona.
“Even though Bartomeu can’t stand because of the statutes, I’d advise him not to.
“With time and when the years pass, we’ll value what was done between 2003 and 2017 – Laporta, Rosell and Bartomeu – but we’re out of fashion now, it’s time for someone new.”