Barcelona Coach Tito Vilanova Suffers Tumour Relapse

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Tito Vilanova has stepped down as coach of Barcelona after he suffered a tumour relapse.

Vilanova, 44, previously suffered from cancer and had a parotid gland removed in November last year.

Barça have already contacted their first-choice candidate to replace him on an interim basis for the remainder of the season, according to reports in Spain.

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The Blaugrana's regular Wednesday press conference was cancelled this morning. A further statement will be announced later today.

Vilanova was promoted from assistant to head coach in the summer after Pep Guardiola left following four trophy-laden years at Camp Nou.

Barcelona are nine points clear of second place Atlético Madrid in the Primera Liga while rivals Real Madrid are a mammoth 13 points adrift.

Guillem Balague
Tito hasnt been operated yet. Players will be told all this aft. Club of course looking for replacement. Now time to be prudent

David Silva
All my support and best wishes to Tito and all of the people in the world fighting every day agains cancer. Be strong

David De Gea
Toda la fuerza para Tito Vilanova!! Todos estamos contigo!!

Sergio Aguero
We support you, ! We wish you the strength to overcome this moment.

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