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Vilanova to Step Down at Barcelona

  • ESPN FC, Friday, July 19, 2013 2:11 PM
Barcelona coach Tito Vilanova is to step down from his position due to a cancer relapse, ESPN and other news outlets are reporting. The 44-year-old missed part of last season due to his ongoing battle with the illness. Barcelona confirmed via a statement on its Web site that a press conference on Friday evening.

“This Friday at 20:30, there will be a press conference featuring president Sandro Rosell and director of soccer Andoni Zubizarreta in the press room at the Ciudad Deportiva.”

ESPN columnist Graham Hunter told Sky Sports News: “Off the record, the directors are briefing that Tito Vilanova has come to them following the regular check-ups that you would expect for somebody who has had such intense radiotherapy and chemotherapy to fight off a cancerous tumour in his saliva gland. It’s been affecting him now for 18 months, maybe a little bit more, and the check-ups have shown that there is a renewed problem.”

Vilanova took over the head coaching position after Pep Guardiola resigned at the end of the 2011-12 campaign. He led Barca to the La Liga title last season.

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