Vilanova to step down?

Barcelona have called an unexpected Press conference for Friday evening, leading to strong speculation surrounding Tito Vilanova’s future.

The Coach replaced Pep Guardiola in the Camp Nou dugout last season but midway through it suffered a relapse of his throat cancer, originally suffered in late 2011.

Missing two months of the regular season through February and March, speculation by the end of the campaign was that the 44-year-old may step down on medical grounds.

Whilst the club and the Coach have maintained through the summer that this is not the case and that Vilanova was fit to continue, speculation has returned this Friday.

This is because the club have confirmed that a Press conference in the evening has been called, for 7.30pm UK time, to be attended by President Sandro Rosell and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta.

Sport and Mundo Deportivo lead the way in believing that the duo will communicate that Vilanova is stepping down.

The Catalan-based publications are alleging that recent tests undergone have diagnosed Vilanova with having suffered a second relapse and that this time, he will step down from his role as Coach.

Numerous outlets in Spain are running the news as official.

Speculation is continuing further by suggesting that second assistant Coach Joan Francesc Ferrer Sicilia, better known as Rubi, will take temporary charge.

The 43-year-old, who coached Girona last term, only arrived at the club at the end of last month.

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