The end of the 2019/20 campaign can’t come soon enough for Barcelona.
The Catalans have had arguably their worst campaign on and off the pitch in the Messi era, and the sooner it’s over the better.
Notwithstanding there is a Champions League to fight for in the interim.The first-team squad, which is down to its bare bones already, has it all to do if they want to lift European football’s premier competition five years after they last did so.
On that occasion, they beat Juventus in the final, and the bianconeri are one of the last teams left in the competition who may present a hurdle for Barca to overcome at a latter stage of the competition.
That’s always assuming that they can beat Napoli in the first instance and then either Chelsea or Bayern Munich in the quarter-final.
In any event, there’s still more than enough off-pitch action to keep supporters occupied.
Not content with the way that the club is being run, the group CorBlaugrana has decided to put forward a motion of no confidence in club president, Josep Maria Bartomeu.
It’s not the first time this has happened, though the president did manage to ride out the last storm in his presidency, and this time there’s barely any fans around to sign the motion required for Barca to bring forward presidential elections by a year.
Any organisation looking to ensure the success of any motion of no confidence requires at least 5,000 supporting signatures.
The last time this happened, that amount wasn’t possible, and given the canvassing for votes took place over a few home games across a period of weeks, you would’ve expected it to be more successful.
That CorBlaugrana are trying to force the issue again in the middle of a pandemic means it’s surely destined to failure. Particularly as time is of the essence.
At present they only have 2,000 reported signatures in any event, and it’s only one more year until Bartomeu has to leave his post.
The way that the club statutes are structured, the 160,000 club members are given a say in all of the big decisions affecting the club.
However, those supporters who feel so strongly that Bartomeu should go now, should probably have been at the coal face 12-18 months ago.
Trying to stage a coup of sorts now isn’t the best timing because, frankly, people have far more important things on their mind.