Barcelona presidential candidate Jaume Guixà gave an interview to Catalan local newspaper Diari de Tarragona.
How are you approaching the elections?
With excitement and motivation. The fact that a judge had to force Barça to call the elections isn't good for the institution [referring to the 2006 elections]. But at least, this has allowed us to get in contact with the club members, who are the ones that decide the future of the club.
What is your project based on?
We have a different project. We hope that when the Laporta era ends, this laportism will stop and that we can give Barça back to the real owners, the club members.
What has the board done wrong?
The main points of our project are based on what Laporta didn't do. When he led the 'Elefant Blau' [barcelona opposition group from 1997 to 2000] he said there would be transparency, that the member would decide things, that they would adapt the club's statutes, that the club would be modernized. But that didn't happen.
What has been the worst thing?
Without any doubt, the sale of assets. Why do we have to sell if the club is economically doing well? At this moment we don't know anything. We don't know if the club is technically bankrupt. A lot of measures have to be taken regarding the management of the club, and it has to be done by new people in the board, with an exciting project, not only for the board members but also for the true owners of Barça, the members.
But as far as the sports area is concerned...
We should congratulate the technical staff, headed by Pep Guardiola, together with the players, because they have been able to do better than the Barça of the Five Cups. Now we have six of them. That is extraordinary. You must give credit to Laporta for appointing Pep as first team coach. That's is the big merit of Laporta, and that's also the main support of the laportism.
You are the first to come to the city of Tarragona.
I think Barça is not only linked to Barcelona, it's also a club of Catalonia, of the Spanish state and even the world. Our goal is to get closer to the club members and not just to those from Barcelona.
this is the first part of this interview. you can read the second part here.
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