19 Aug Barcelona half methods with Eric Abidal as technical secretary
Eric Abidal has left his function as Barcelona technical secretary, the membership confirmed on Tuesday because the fallout continues from Friday’s 8-2 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich.
Abidal’s departure comes lower than 24 hours after coach Quique Setien was dismissed, with sources telling Football4cast that Ronald Koeman might be named as his substitute imminently.
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Ramon Planes, already on the membership, will step into the function of technical secretary for now. He has been Abidal’s No. 2 for the previous two years.
“Barcelona and Abidal have reached an settlement for the ending of the contract that united the 2 events,” a brief assertion learn.
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“The membership would publicly wish to thank him for his professionalism, dedication, dedication and the shut and optimistic nature of his relationship with all elements of the Blaugrana household.”
Abidal was solely appointed to the function in 2018, however his place has grown more and more insecure following a public spat with Lionel Messi in February.
The previous France worldwide, who performed alongside Messi at Camp Nou, had been introduced in to assist bridge the hole between the boardroom and the dressing room.
Nonetheless, cracks appeared when he instructed the gamers had been accountable for Ernesto Valverde’s sacking in January, as that they had not been working exhausting sufficient.
Messi hit again in a put up on social media, asking Abidal to call names and to take on some duty for his personal selections.
Outcomes on the pitch and a primary trophyless season since 2007-08 have served to additional weaken his place, resulting in his exit on Tuesday.
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In his function as technical secretary, Abidal has been answerable for the make-up of the first-team squad and has additionally performed a task within the hiring and firing of coaches.
Sources have advised Football4cast that he was one of many most important advocates for Setien’s appointment in January.
Abidal turns into the fourth individual to go away the job below present president Josep Maria Bartomeu since 2015. Andoni Zubizarreta, Robert Fernandez and Pep Segura have all been fired from comparable roles.
In the meantime, Barca hope to announce Koeman as their new coach later on Tuesday, with huge modifications in taking part in personnel anticipated to observe within the coming weeks.
Bartomeu has resisted calls to resign. As an alternative, he has introduced that the presidential elections, scheduled for subsequent June, will as an alternative happen in March. He can’t stand once more.