Barcelona’s trials continue with firing of director, resignation of Puyol

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Times are tough, relatively speaking, at the Camp Nou.

Both the short-term and the long-term have ominous undertones when it comes to Barcelona. The club lost to Real Sociedad on Sunday, failing to take advantage of a Real Madrid loss, and is in the midst of a year-long transfer ban.

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The dour notes kept sounding on Monday, as Barca fired club legend Andoni Zubizarreta (right) from his position as director of football. Additionally, recently-retired back Carles Puyol resigned from his position as assistant sporting director.

From the BBC:

(Puyol) said: “These three and a half months have given me the opportunity to see another side of the club.

“I want to grow both personally and professionally so that, in the future, hopefully I can return to this house and give back everything you have given me during these unforgettable years.”

Zubizarreta was the Nou Camp club’s keeper between 1986 and 1994. He also played for Spain, making 126 appearances.

“The president, in the name of the club, thanks Andoni Zubizarreta for his contribution, dedication and professionalism over the last four years in his role at the head of the club’s football area,” Barcelona’s statement added.

What a mess at Barca. No wonder the vultures are circling over the club, hoping to pick Lionel Messi.