Barcelona SC, ‘political strategy’ of José Francisco Cevallos, criticize former candidates to the presidency of the club
Luis Noboa and Carlos Nahón were rivals of José FranciscoCevallos, who in 2015 won the elections for the presidency of Barcelona. Theformer goal keeper, who was Minister of Sports in the government of RafaelCorrea, in an interview with newspaper EL UNIVERSO in June of 2017, when he wasalready governor of Guayas, appointed by Lenin Moreno, came to affirm thefollowing: “I will never use Barcelona as a political issue. “
But now, when the sectional elections are approaching, he admits that Barcelona ‘is a political brand within the country’ and seeks the Prefecture of Guayas. If he wins, the elections in the club could be advanced, Pepe Pancho mentioned, although a whole year is missing for his term in the club to end.
Cevallos is not the first president of Barcelona and politician at the same time. The institution with the most titles in the country, in fact, has been presided over by men who became popular and jumped to a public ballot or position and, conversely, well-known politicians who joined their board.
The most remembered case is that of Roldosista Abdalá Bucaram, president of Ecuador and Barcelona, but the political origin over the years has been varied, from the Christian Social Party with Galo Roggiero, Heinz Moeller, Isidro Romero, through the PRE of Bucaram, the movement UNO of Eduardo Maruri, the Prian of the brothers Luis and Antonio Noboa, until arriving at Alianza PAIS with Cevallos, whose critics criticize him for doing what he said he would not do in relation to his predecessors.
The combination of functions between the president of Barcelona and Governor and his political projection as an aspirant to the provincial government, is criticized by Noboa (former vice president) and Nahón, in dialogues with this newspaper, which since October 17 has been trying to arrange an interview with Cevallos, but that after three attempts has not yet been attended.
Luis Noboa: Cevallos should not have tried to be multifaceted
What do you think of the change in the position of Cevallos, who said he would not use Barcelona as a political catapult and now opts for the Guayas Prefecture?
I think an immature and lying position. When the last elections were held, the candidate Carlos Nahón proposed that we sign a pact for the non-participation in politics of being elected president, to which I agreed, however, I see the reason why Cevallos did not do it: it was because that was his strategy all the time, use the club as a political springboard. Today we see, according to the statements of Cevallos (that Barcelona is a political brand), that not only will he participate as a prefect candidate, but he also abandons Barcelona along the way.
Should the Cevallos board complete the year it still lacks?
The board should request the resignation of Cevallos and call elections already so that a new board of directors takes the reins of the club for the 2019 championship.
Are the club’s economic problems rushing everyone’s way out?
The growth of debts in recent years has been incredible. In the past directive mistakes could be made, which is human. When we delivered the club there were debts, but the revenues since 2015 have increased immensely, and these monies have been poorly spent. This compares with the income that Ecuador had during the presidency of Correa, of which Cevallos was a part, and then delivers a highly indebted country with future money already spent.
Was BSC neglected since Cevallos accepted to be governor and thencandidate for prefect?
He was given a team with 80% complete in their positions, a capable technical staff, and that is the reason why they were champions (2016). I think that Cevallos had to dedicate himself to work more for Barcelona and not to try to be multifaceted. I think it was a mistake to take the Governorate of Guayas without being prepared for that.
Carlos Nahón: A wrong political recipe brought to Barcelona
What do you think of Cevallos’ statement, that Barcelona is a’political brand’ and seeks the Prefecture of Guayas?
I said it in 2015: Barcelona would become a political center, and time proved me right. Only the deluded ones believed that a person who did not have a sports project would not take a political project to the club. The financial results today are worse than three years ago when he assumed the presidency, they increased by almost 64% the accumulated debt compared to the debt accumulated to October 2015.
Cevallos says that if the Prefecture wins the elections ahead, andthe rest of the directory for what it is?
They have renounced eleven directors to Mr. Cevallos, it is understood that they could not be accomplices of the financial disaster, and those that are left?, they do not listen, they do not see, they do not know anything about the institution? As an absolute believer of democracy must follow the one who follows it, that there is a succession empowered and stipulated in our statute.
Will the economic troubles of the club also be a reason to holdelections?
In 2015 the accumulated debt was between 27.5 and 28.5 million. Cevallos assumed that, today to November 2018 the debt accumulated with the so-called ‘Good Hands’ reaches 42 million. The interesting thing is also to know that in 2016 they received 21 million; in 2017, 30 million; in 2018, 20 million.
In three years enter 70 million and not reach? If you devote a lot to spending and not to investment, if you inflate the current expenditure and do not reduce it, it is a bad administrator and to top it off with money from others.
Have you ever wondered how Mr. Cevallos is going to liquidate so many people who have joined the club? Was Barcelona neglected?
Cevallos was always part of a political strategy. He belonged to aspending government, an irresponsible government with public finances, apopulist government where the only credible voice was theirs … therefore,that wrong recipe and even a bad copy is what they brought to Barcelona. (I)