Saturday, January 9, 2010

Board still trying for united candidacy

Speaking at a press conference yesterday, Barcelona chief executive Joan Oliver has said after a limited board meeting yesterday that the board is still trying to form one candidacy ahead of the upcoming presidential elections:

"The club keeps working to bring people together and to form one single continuity candidacy. That will exists and it's an issue we're working on although this wasn't the subject of this meeting.

How were things between Godall and Ferrer today? I surely didn't see any increased tension between them. It has been a normal, peaceful meeting. We did what we have to do but I didn't observe any abnormal behaviour between the vice-presidents."

Catalan newspaper La Vanguardia claims that Barcelona president Joan Laporta took the word at the start of the meeting and asked for discreteness and respect for the colleagues in public statements. Both groups would have agreed to bury the hatchet, something that is also confirmed by Catalan sports paper El 9 Esportiu.

Catalan sports paper
El Mundo Deportivo claims that Laporta also asked the two vice-presidents to make another effort to join forces, that both Godall and Ferrer would be willing to give it another try but that the differences are still there and that they seem insurmountable at this moment.

La Vanguardia reports that the entourages of Godall and Ferrer both think that too much already happened and that the situation cannot be turned back anymore. El 9 Esportiu claims that the positioning of both vice-presidents could depend on the results of polls that are at this moment being carried out by several presidential candidates.

Read more:
Ferrer still hoping for one board candidacy
Vice-president Yuste still hoping for board unity
One board candidacy suddenly seems very likely