Barkala: “On the 25th we will not fall into victimhood, but it is certain that we will need to rest”

RIcardo Barkala (67 years old) is the oldest candidate, but not the one who has been a partner the longest. He knows the details of election campaigns, in his political case, and knows better than anyone else that no one has decided yet. Pagasarri is common as soon as he has a day off he chooses to answer the survey with an email, maybe that is why some answers are so dry. “I will chair the Athletic Club and I will try to work as a team and that all the people who make up the unit have impeccable professional and ethical behavior, something that unfortunately can not be found in all areas surrounding Athletic“, loose.

What is your first memory of San Mamés?
In addition to seeing Iribar, who stuck with me, I always remember waiting as a child at the end of the game to get autographs. There were no cell phones then. A real treasure, even the simple fact of “touching” the players.
What place do you occupy in the area and how long have you been a member?
The Alta Norte grandstand, for more than 20 years.
Do they look at you differently on the street because you are a presidential candidate?
The truth is that yes, but it’s something we expected. It is still a symbol of Athletic’s greatness and importance in our society, even though there are those who sometimes want to ridicule, even from the media, the people who choose to lead the department.
Do you have a plan for June 25?
The first idea that comes to mind is to try to rest because the campaign is difficult. We face a lot of exposure of all kinds, but it was something we knew would happen. We will not end up in any sacrifice, but it is certain that on the 25th we will have to rest.
Against which rival do you never want to miss every season’s match?
The real Madrid.
Who is the player who has made you enjoy rojiblanca the most?
I have enjoyed playing with Iribar, Rojo I, Guerrero, Aduriz, … although for me all the players who wear our jersey are worthy of praise and therefore it makes me enjoy.

A real treasure when I was a child was the simple act of “touching” the players

And the coach who has taken the face more than once in football discussions?
Each era is different, Ronnie Allen, Koldo Agirre, Clemente, Heynckes, Bielsa, Valverde, Marcelino … they have all left their mark.
What has been your strangest or most memorable trip to see an Athletic match?
I have several, one to Vienna to play against Austria, which in the end could not be played, due to the snow, when we were already on the field. And also unfortunately, in the Bucharest final, I traveled with my three daughters and without a hotel, what a beating!
Are you in favor of the chairman of Athletic being paid?
No, if I am elected, I do not intend to charge anything and I take the opportunity to remind you that my commitment will be one hundred percent after an orderly transfer to the Port Authority, which is a public body.

In the Bucharest final I traveled with my three daughters and without a hotel, what a beating!

Where would you like your office to be: Ibaigane, San Mamés or Lezama?
and Ibaigane
Will it be an executive or institutional president?
I will be the chairman of the Athletic Club and I will try to work as a team and that all the people who make up the unit have impeccable professional and ethical behavior, something that unfortunately can not be found in all areas surrounding Athletic.
Florentino Pérez, Cerezo, Laporta, Ángel Torres, Aperribay…. Is there anyone who calls your attention to something?
No
The incoming president will arrive at a time of institutional upheaval between RFEF and LaLiga. What is he going to do?
Represent Athletic in all institutions in the best and most efficient way possible. Far from flag war and personal interests. The club must regain specific importance in all institutions, including ECA and UEFA at European level.
Do you know how many workers the club has on the payroll?
No, but considering that there are around 160 in Lezama, it will probably be more or less double that.
Will you talk to the coach regularly or report to the sports director?
I am a dialogue person, I like to talk, share, with those who make up my work teams and so it will continue to be, but it is the sports management on my board who will be responsible for conducting the daily day with the professionals.
Will you invite the other two candidates to your first official match in San Mamés?
Yes.
Can being chairman of Athletic be defined as a passion?
Of course, Athletic is the biggest there is.
If he does not win, will he reappear or will he disappear from the stage?
If you do not win, you must congratulate the winner and let him work.

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