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The Weekly Review: Week 40: Barca Blaugranes is under new management

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Iniesta is officially back for next week
Iniesta is officially back for next week

Noticed any changes?

Even if the international break has decimated the club news, this week has been a manic one, for me at least. To cut a long story short, there has been a change in the leadership at this site. The previous manager of the blog was relieved of his duties and in turn I was announced as successor. All this despite not being a part of the site at the beginning of the week.

My first action was to make long-time Senior Editor Bostjan Cernensek my equal. From now on, it will be myself and Bostjan in charge of Barca Blaugranes, and this should be considered a fresh start. Of course, the most important features of the site will continue, such as the speedy Match Reviews, the Live Game Thread and last but not least: the editorial/opinion pieces.

Bostjan will continue to bring us the daily round-up of news which has become such a stalwart of the site, and even though some of the writers have taken this opportunity to part ways with Barca Blaugranes and writing itself, I believe this site can only get better.

That brings me to the next issue, and this revolves around the Twitter account that was formerly known as @BarcaBlaugranes, now called @TheExBBTeam. For the time being that account and the Barca Blaugranes facebook page are not associated with Barca Blaugranes or SBNation.

Continuing the sombre theme to this week’s review, I feel I need to bring you all up to date with the state of the site. Jose Avila has left his role as Senior Editor and is unlikely to continue blogging, while Inder Methil has taken the opportunity to leave his role as Author. I did not want to lose either, but I respect their decisions and wish them all the best in their future endeavours.

Also leaving us is Barcelona B expert Paul Udani, and this is unrelated to the change in management. He is taking a break from writing, and if he feels like he could return, there will be a place waiting for him.

As for the others, they have not replied to my email as of yet, but I will keep you updated with further changes in personnel.

This means that we are actively searching for new writers, and if you feel like you have what it takes to join our team, make sure you do not let this opportunity go to waste. There is the FanPost section of the site to post your work, but if you would rather send it privately, contact this email address:

barcablaugranes.sbnation@gmail.com

If you impress us with your skills, there may just be a spot on our team waiting for you.

Anyway, we have some big things lined up for the site, including interviews with esteemed journalists who will be pitching in their views on this current Barcelona side, and I am working hard to get an ex-player to chime in as well, so keep your eyes peeled.

The world of FC Barcelona is also looking up, with Andres Iniesta receiving medical clearance to play, and Cesc Fabregas is not far behind either. Carles Puyol is at full fitness for the first time in nearly a year, and with Gerard Pique nearing the same stage I am really looking forward to the next few games, but surely not as much as Bostjan! That’s a story for another day!

Visca el Barca and a hearty get well soon to Ibrahim Afellay.