Barcelona set to have presidential elections on January 24

Barcelona put five past minnows Ferencvaros before Gerard Pique was sent off
  • Barcelona have set the date for their presidential elections as January 24 2021
  • The club are looking for a successor to replace former chief Josep Bartomeu
  • Bartomeu left last in October following a tumultuous tenure in Catalonia
  • The new president faces a series of tricky challenges upon taking the top job
  • Mental Health and Psychosocial considerations during the COVID-19

Barcelona have set the date for their upcoming presidential election as they look to find a successor following Josep Bartomeu’s resignation last month.

The 57-year-old called time on his tumultuous tenure at the Nou Camp in October following a series of high-profile fallings out with the players, most notably mega-star Lionel Messi.

Under Bartomeu’s stewardship, the club’s finances hit a new low, the chief upset the dressing room during wage cut negotiations amid coronavirus, while Messi looked to force an exit from the club, such was his unhappiness with the direction the Catalan giants were taking.

Bartomeu’s exit, then, came as no surprise. Now Barcelona’s board have decided that the date for their presidential election will be Sunday 24 January 2021.

The board opted for the 24th over the 17th, despite the fact Barcelona travel to Elche on the former date.

‘In the course of the next few weeks the final electoral calendar will be made official, as well as the venues and logistics of the entire process,’ a statement from the club read.

There is a broad field of candidates vying for the position at the top of the Barcelona hierarchy.  Victor Font, Toni Freixa, Agusti Benedito, Jordi Farre, Luis Fernandez Ala and Xavier Vilajoana have all announced their intentions to run for presidency.