The fight for power at Barça continues

Considering Barça's worldwide status, it is clear that those in charge of the club want to extend their time in the spotlight for as long as possible

The fight for power at Barça continues
The fight for power at Barça continues

Considering Barça's worldwide status, it is clear that those in charge of the club want to extend their time in the spotlight for as long as possible

Barcelona is a club where the opinions of legendary players are always respected. In fact, a high percentage of coaches and advisors within its infrastructure actually represented the club by wearing the Blaugrana at first team level -- with professionals such as Luis Enrique, Pep Guardiola, Johan Cruyff, Guillermo Amor or Carles Rexach being prime examples.

Considering Barça's worldwide status, it is clear that those in charge of the club want to extend their time in the spotlight for as long as possible. Equally, there are many professionals and businessmen who are constantly trying to damage the board's image behind the scenes so they can take control of the club sooner rather than later. 

Such questionable behaviour does create tricky situations at time, as was the case in a recently broadcasted interview with former captain and, years later, assistant manager Carles Rexach

The man who helped build the very successful Dream Team went to record to complain about Messi eating too many pizzas

The man who helped build the very successful Dream Team in the early 1990s went to record to complain about Messi eating too many pizzas, Luis Enrique implementing too many strict rules, made public the reason for Guardiola falling out with Vilanova (an offer to join Manchester United, apparently) and even advised Cruyff to search his own house for bad influences.

His explosive comments were made in early December, a time when his personal duties including commentating in football-related debates sporadically and publishing a weekly column in a Catalan paper.

Interestingly, Rexach was invited alongside former AC Milan director Ariedo Braida to replace sacked sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta only a couple of months later. All of a sudden, publicly bad-mouthing Barça's best player and their current manager did not seem like such a great idea.

Despite Rexach's efforts to make the situation better with lame excuses the harm is already done. Good luck trying to convince Messi or Luis Enrique that this needless circus was in fact the media's fault and not a result of him behaving in a completely unprofessional manner.

Regardless of how many years of service they gave on the pitch, there is a large number of retired players who should definitely think twice before criticising the current staff as their opinions often create unnecessary debate which upsets the peace that Luis Enrique is working so hard to reach. 

With that in mind, it is clear that Josep Maria Bartomeu should not hesitate to use his authority as club president and sack Rexach immediately. Barça already have enough negative people trying to take advantage of their institutional weaknesses on the outside -- no need to employ them to hurt the club from within.

There is a large number of retired players who should definitely think twice before criticising the current staff

The disappointing string of poor results in early January which resulted in the sacking of Zubizarreta also forced Bartomeu to call for a club election a whole year earlier than anticipated.

From that point on, the circus of media appearances by prospective options for the presidential seat started. Former president Joan Laporta and previous candidate Agusti Benedito were fairly quick off the mark and, if they aren't currently speaking to the press on a daily basis, it is only because of the team's fairly positive results of late.

Undoubtedly, there will be a huge focus on the upcoming presidential election from the very moment the Catalans are eliminated from the Champions League or can't mathematically win the Liga trophy. Equally, expect plenty of praise from the candidates to the players (not the current board, of course) in the likely event of success in either competition.

The battle for taking control of Barcelona will certainly continue in months to come and, unfortunately, the situation may turn uglier than expected -- especially if early presidential polls show little difference between the candidates.