Saturday, March 13, 2010

Begiristain proposes Zubizarreta as his successor

Catalan sports paper Sport claims that Barcelona sports director Txiki Begiristain has postponed the renewal of his contract, that expires at the end of this season, to give the next president the free hand.

If the new president would want him to continue, Begiristain could be willing to consider the otpion, although his intial plan would be to leave the club in the summer.

The Basque former player would already have told his closest entourage that he wants to close an era and start something new after a sabbatical period.

Begiristain has reportedly said during talks with current Barcelona board members who will run for president that former Barcelona goalkeeper Andoni Zubizarreta [picture] would be the best candidate to replace him as sports director as of next season.

Read more:
Zubizarreta is an option to replace Begiristain
Poll result: Begiristain has to stay?
Rosell wants to cancel sports director


  1. Pep, do you have any info about Zubizarreta's 3 year spell as sports director of Athletic Bilbao?

  2. it's a matter of opinion, but what I heard of, he was really poor

  3. It was not a successful time for him but then again, this is Bilbao so transfers were limited seeing as they don't sign foreigners.

  4. Bilbao sign Basques from as far away as Central/South America. i dont think Bilbao's success can be reduced to the players they have though.

  5. i guess his time at bilbao was regular. like most of the times at bilbao are regular. i certainly wouldn't draw conclusions from past experiences, you cannot prepare yourself to be a sports director of a club like barcelona. if we look at the profile, he sure seems a pretty perfect candidate.

    in bilboa, zubizarreta seemed to have had some more responsibilities than the sports director of barcelona, also being involved more with the youth academy. he left in november 2004 because the new president wanted the final say in the transfers.

  6. Thanks everyone for your replies.