BARCELONA – Carlos Tusquets, a renowned 61-year-old economist who between 1978 and 1983 was treasurer on the first board of directors of Josep Lluís Núñez at Barcelona, this Wednesday became the president of the management board who, after the resignation of Bartomeu , will direct the club until the elections that must be held within a period of between 40 days and three months.
The manager who was confirmed after a meeting held at the Barça club offices with the presence of Bartomeu and some of its resigned managers, the general manager Óscar Grau and the members’ trustee, Joan Manuel Trayter, will be chaired by Tusquets, with Joan Ramón Ramos as vice president and six other members who, according to the club’s bylaws, must adhere solely to the ordinary operation of the club, not being authorized, for example, to sign sponsorship contracts or to make signings or transfers.
The appointment of Tusquets was already known in advance because he was the president of the Barcelona Statutory Economic Commission, an independent body from the board that controls the financial aspects of the club, whose opinion is usually made known to the Assembly of delegates. As an economist, he knows in detail the situation of the club and in that regard in recent years, recommending the approval of Bartomeu’s accounts, he did not spare his notices due to the dangerous increase in the salary bill of the entity.
The management board will be officially constituted on Thursday morning in a meeting from which the term will begin until the call for elections to the presidency, which according to the statutes must be held no later than January 29, 2021, although it is estimated that they could be carried out before that date.
Tusquets is not an unknown character in the Barcelona environment. In 1978, at the age of 27, he was appointed treasurer by the then president-elect Josep Lluís Núñez and his, with the support of the businessman, was the idea of collecting in advance the five-year subscription fees from the Camp Nou members to recover financially to an entity that at that time was on the verge of collapse.
With the collaboration of the defunct Banca Catalana, which financed the operation with the members, the club was not only able to catch up, but also to acquire an economic muscle that allowed it to face first the signing of Bernd Schuster in the winter of 1980 and the historic of Maradona two years later.
After leaving the club but always remaining close to its power centers, Carlos Tusquets was considered on many occasions a dolphin of Núñez to succeed him in the presidency as a candidate, although he always rejected that option and did not appear in an electoral contest until the elections of 2003, when he was part of the candidacy led by Lluís Bassat who was defeated at the polls by Joan Laporta.
President of the Círculo de Economía between 1988 and 1992 and a very prominent collaborator in the organization of the Olympic Games in Barcelona, he was the president in Spain of the Italian bank Mediolanum and in the last year he tried, without luck, to become president of the Chamber of Barcelona shops, losing in the vote to a businessman, Joan Canadell, closely linked to Joan Laporta.