Friday, July 19, 2013

Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova has been forced to step down to focus on his fight against cancer.

The Catalan club confirmed that Vilanova would not be able to continue in the role as he continues to receive treatment for the illness. They plan to unveil a replacement in the coming days.

Vilanova, who replaced Pep Guardiola as coach of Barca last summer, had a tumour removed from his throat in late 2011, but suffered a relapse a year later. He underwent another operation on his parotid gland in December before beginning a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in New York.

Reports in Spain earlier suggested Joan Francesc Ferrer, known as Rubi, could take over Vilanova in a caretaker capacity. The 43-year-old joined Barca's coaching staff last month as an assistant to Vilanova and Jordi Roura - who took charge of the first team when Vilanova was absent last season.
Que le vaya bien.

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