Emili Rousaud has not discreetly left the directive of the Barca. President Josep Maria Bartomeu He asked him to resign and the former vice president agreed, along with five other managers, but on his own terms, making a considerable noise. He has aired discrepancies over various aspects of club management, particularly regarding the costly hiring of a social media monitoring company. Rousaud, president of Factor Energia, reviews in this interview these last days of unexpected notoriety, possibly useful in view of his future candidacy for the Barça presidency.
Inside the club he has been outraged at the accusation that someone has put his hand on the box. Do you regret having used it? Let’s see, if you listen to the radio interview, and I’ve heard it twice to make sure, what I’m saying is that an illicit profit has been generated and someone has kept it. That is quite evident. You will not like the phrase, which in fact I did not use, but Jordi Basté. “Is this like putting your hand on the box?” He asked. And I said that from this point of view, yes. I say this to clarify it. People who may have been upset is because they do not know the subject. Perhaps not the luckiest expression to describe what has happened. Not that it is not correct.
In the last few hours, some managers have distanced themselves from their line. I think Jordi Calsamiglia’s note has been circulated by someone from the club. And the only thing that tastes bad to me is that he says I’ve questioned the honesty of the board. I never have. Unlike. I have always said that the invoices had been cut so as not to go through the control of the board. And if you have no record it is impossible for you to have anything to do with the subject.
The club spokesperson wondered why you did not make these complaints when you were inside. It is an absurd manifestation. These complaints have already been made inside. That is precisely why he is kicked out. The President has fired managers who had been very critical of the hiring. In fact we forced like no one else to start the audit and for Jaume Masferrer to be suspended from employment and salary. If it seems little complaint … The fact is that now that the audit is nearing completion, he wants us out. I think there is a relationship. The president can say: ‘no, there is none, I have lost their confidence.’ Well ok …
“Putting your hand in the box is perhaps not the luckiest expression to describe what has happened. Not that it is not correct. But well, I have stopped, this war is over now. And the club will not be interested in continuing either”
Former vice president of Barça
How do you rate the response of the club? There is a reaction from the club that is quite dirty, but I already expected it. Both because of the spokesman’s statements and because of the threat of taking legal action. I have explained some issues in a reasoned way. That I am not inventing anything.
It seems that he has declared war on Bartomeu. Bartomeu degrades us and asks us to resign at a strategically chosen moment, confined, without showing our face, at Easter & mldr; They are not ways. When I finally take the step, I explain why I’m leaving. I don’t do it just because, or because I did something wrong. Wrong things have been done, but it has been them. It is very important to understand: if I let this happen without doing anything, I would now be the official candidate, huh? And I am not stupid. What happens is that I do not congregate with this type of performances. But well, I already stop, this war ends now. On Tuesday I have to go to work to move my company forward. I also can’t spend all day with this story. My family is also fed up ..
You haven’t had any other conversations or exchanges of messages with Bartomeu since you asked him to resign, I understand. To talk about what? Bartomeu is a very resilient person and always has a very good mood. But I think it wouldn’t make sense. On Tuesday he asked me to leave and I told him to let me think. It was he or someone of his who leaked it to the press. If not, I wouldn’t have come out to say anything.
How will the audit end? What I try to put in full view of the world is that when I go out, some action is taken. The six directors who resigned asked for two things. First: responsibilities are cleared. Second: if there has been an illicit economic benefit, let’s try to recover it.
“Barça would have been better off with a 20% or 25% annual salary reduction for the players. But I do not criticize the players. They have given what they have been asked of the club and have also helped the workers. Perfect”
Former vice president of Barça
And can’t it be that more has been paid off the account without implying that no one from the club has benefited? You can say: ‘I have not appropriated the money, the supplier has appropriated it, it has deceived us’. But he has deceived us because of him! In the end the important thing is Barça. If you have caused damage, it is because you have paid excessively for a service and because internal procedures have not been followed.
But isn’t this different from saying that you have gotten your hands on the box? No, sorry, it’s not much different. You have caused the same financial damage, either by appropriation or by letting someone else appropriate it. The damage caused to the club is the same; it only changes who has benefited from the illicit amount generated. Someone inside or someone outside.
It has collided with the president also over the issue of cutting players. I have not questioned the President about this. The only thing that I said is that there was a group of managers that we considered that the economic hole is very important as a result of the coronavirus and that it would be necessary to be more ambitious in the negotiation with the players. But this is already starting. This is not a criticism. By asking me to resign, he tells me that I have criticized the players through the press. And it is not like that. I have never criticized them. I had only said that given the economic impact, it would be better to be more ambitious than 70% of the monthly base salary. Madrid have done better than Barça, for example. Or Bayern. Or Juventus. But hey & mldr; What he said is that I cannot criticize the players if you ask them for 70% and they give it to you, and on top of that they help the workers. They have behaved perfectly. Player criticism, zero.
“All this has increased the degree of knowledge about me, who was very low, and if I end up running for elections, it will add up. The desire has not passed me”
Former vice president of Barça
How much do you think the cut to the players should have been? Barça would have been better off negotiating a cut in the annual salary. Maybe 20% or 25%. I just want to say that the proposal coming out of the club is unambitious. In this everyone has their opinion.
And after these heated days, have you lost or strengthened your desire to be president of Barça? The desire to introduce myself has not passed me. For me it is an honor to serve the club that I love, and all these explanations that I give is due to a moral obligation that I have with the member. If in the end I create the candidacy I would not do it criticizing the current board, but with proposals for the future and taking into account that the next scenario is very complicated.
It can be thought that the noise that has actually generated is the beginning of his electoral campaign. I will not say that it is a misinterpretation. All this has increased the degree of knowledge that I had about myself, which was very low, and it still is surely, but it is true that, when the time comes, if I introduce myself, I am still just thinking about it, it will add up. Although someone may interpret that it does not help in some points, there is a reality, and that is that if you are not known you do not have the possibility of getting your messages across. But leaving the Barça board is a very sad moment. And if I do it is for a matter of personal coherence. I am an honest person, although it sounds ridiculous if you tell yourself, but the reality is this.