Andre Villas-Boas announced on social media that he will attend FC Porto’s general assembly on Monday to discuss some changes to the club’s statute, about five months before the elections. This may be another indication that the former Blue and White coach is preparing to submit his candidacy for the presidency and compete against Pinto da Costa, after he revealed in a recent interview with the newspaper “Expresso” his desire to be president of the Dragon team.
“It is a moment of great importance for the future of our club, where the presence of all members is essential, taking into account the proposals made by the Supreme Council. Don’t miss it! Your participation is essential. I will be present to make my contribution,” the former Porto coach wrote.
Two hours before Andre Villas-Boas announced his attendance at the General Assembly, Fernando Madureira, the leader of the Super Dragons fans, posted a note on social media, in which he acknowledged that this was an “important moment for the club” and left one thing in mind: It is certain when it comes to the big meeting that will be held in the Estádio do Dragão hall, starting at 9pm: “More than ever, the members of the Super Dragões will be present en masse!”
The Supreme Council, made up of several figures from the Blue and White world, has put forward a proposal to change some points in the statutes of FC Porto, which promises to spark a warm debate among members.
Among them is the date of the elections, which may not be held next April, but rather are scheduled to be held in June. Thereafter, only members who have at least two continuous years of senior membership will be able to exercise their right to vote, or they will have two continuous years in between, one in the senior category and the other in the junior category. Furthermore, in terms of the time required for a member to be a candidate to lead the club, the Chairman will now have a minimum period of 15 continuous years as a member, instead of the ten years required by the current Articles of Association. .
Another proposed point is the possibility of members voting via electronic voting and correspondence, “as long as the identity of voters and the authenticity, transparency and security of the means used are technically guaranteed,” according to what can be read in the document about changing the laws. Finally, another proposal to be discussed includes the possibility of allowing companies in which members of the governing bodies and the club are involved, directly or through an intermediary, as long as they “protect and are in the clear interest of the club or have obtained approval”. Positive opinion from the council supervisor.”
To approve the proposals, they must have a three-quarters majority of the members present at the FC Porto General Assembly, which means 75% of the votes.
Officially, Pinto da Costa has not yet announced his request again to lead the club, but the President’s Support Committee has already begun collecting signatures from members, in addition to his signature in support of several figures, including the Minister. From Health Manuel Pizarro, the President of the Municipal Chamber of Gaia, Eduardo Vitor Rodríguez, and Cardinal Américo Aguiar. At the recent Dragões de Ouro ceremony, the FC Porto president announced the construction of the long-awaited youth football academy, a project that will be built in the city of Maya starting next year.
In turn, Andre Villas-Boas has not yet announced any official candidacy, although he expressed his desire to be president of FC Porto to the newspaper “Expresso”. In this interview, he expressed his concern about the accounts of SAD, which closed in the last financial year with a loss of 47.6 million euros.
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