Tito Vilanova to step down as Barca Manager

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Barcelona have called an impromptu press conference to announce the step-down of coach Tito Vilanova over his ill-health.

The coach was said to have suffered a cancer relapse and would be unable to handle to pressure of leading one of Europe’s soccer clubs over the demands of the job and his health state.

Vilanova, 44  had a cancerous tumour removed from a salivary gland in his throat in November 2011 and in December 2012 he suffered a relapse and underwent surgery again followed by 10 weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in New York.

He returned to the helm of Barcelona in March and led the club to the Spanish league title

Club president Sandro Rosell and director of football Andoni Zubizarreta will address the media at 7.30pm BST on Friday evening, the Catalans announced on their official website.

Reports in Spain suggest Joan Francesc Ferrer, known as Rubi, could replace Vilanova in a caretaker capacity.

Rubi joined Barca’s coaching staff last month as an assistant to Vilanova and Jordi Roura, who took charge of the first team when Vilanova was absent from December to March last season.

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