Tension between Barcelona chiefs Rosell, Zubizarreta over Vilanova successor

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell sees Luis Enrique as the ideal man to succeed Tito Vilanova.

Barcelona president Sandro Rosell sees Luis Enrique as the ideal man to succeed Tito Vilanova.

Punto Pelota says Barca chiefs have begun sounding out candidates to replace Vilanova this summer, though no decision has yet been made about the coach's future.

Rosell has identified former Barca B and AS Roma coach Enrique to fill the void should Vilanova step down, however, the choice has upset sports director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Zubi feels he, as sports director, should be in charge of appointing the coach, particularly after being marginalised in Rosell's pursuit of Santos star Neymar.

His first-choice was Malaga coach Manuel Pellegrini, who has committed to Manchester City. Ernesto Valverde is also favoured, though he's close to signing new terms with Valencia.

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