Ex-Barça president Joan Laporta’s declarations that Sandro Rosell could have done more to prevent Pep Guardiola from leaving and that the choice of Tito Vilanova to replace him is the result of panic have done little good for anybody. It would seem that Laporta is still playing his old personal battle with Rosell. Having declared before he left the presidency that he would not play the opposition to the new board, Laporta has not been able to resist the opportunity for an attack.
Unfortunately, Laporta has chosen the wrong attack. In trying to belittle Rosell, he has undermined the decision of Zubizaretta and put a little unneeded extra pressure on the new coach. After five years working as Guardiola’s assistant Vilanova deserves the support of everybody as he takes on his new role. Tito is not Guardiola and nobody should expect him to be, Guardiola had many qualities and a charisma that will be missed, but Tito must be his own man. There may be some tough decisions ahead for the new coach and there will be close scrutiny of every one of these from the press but Vilanova will ultimately be judged on results. With an excellent group of players at his disposal and the continuation of a proven playing philosophy there is no reason to believe those results won’t be positive.
When Laporta was president, Rosell knew his best strategy for becoming the successor was to keep his mouth shout. Laporta would be wise to do the same.