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SBD Global/July 22, 2013/People and Pop Culture
Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova Announces His Resignation Due To Throat Cancer
Published July 22, 2013
OPEN LETTER: Vilanova addressed the club and its fans in a letter published on the team's website. Vilanova: "The treatments that I am going to have to undergo from now on does not make it recommendable, in the doctors’ opinion, for me to dedicate 100% of my effort to being the first team manager of a team as demanding as FC Barcelona. ... It is not easy to leave such a special group of people, the players, my fellow staff and friends with whom I have shared so many unforgettable experiences. I am eternally grateful for everything that they have given and shown to me" (FC Barcelona).
REPLACEMENT ANNOUNCEMENT: In Madrid, Quixano & Martín reported it is "now the Sporting Dir [Zubizarreta] who has to decide on the owner of the bench, who will underline or rewrite the club's playing philosophy." The club, "in any case, is only considering three coaches:" La Liga side Celta Vigo coach LUIS ENRIQUE, Argentine first division side Newell's coach GERARDO MARTINO and Premier League Tottenham manager ANDRE VILLAS-BOAS. Zubizarreta will on Tuesday announce the club's decision (EL PAIS, 7/20).