Nou Camp side confirm departure of boss.
Barcelona have officially confirmed that manager Tito Vilanova is to step down due to suffering a further recurrence of throat cancer.
The 45-year-old had a cancerous tumour removed from his throat in November 2011 and in December 2012 he suffered a relapse and underwent surgery again followed by 10 weeks of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in New York.
He returned to the helm of Barcelona in March and led the club to the Spanish league title.
Vilanova replaced Pep Guardiola as manager in June 2012, having previously worked as his assistant.
A replacement is due to be named next week according to the Guardian.
Juan Francesc Ferrer, otherwise known as ‘Rubi’, is the hot favourite to take over from Vilanova and served as his assistant after managing minnows Girona.
Andre Villas-Boas, Jupp Heynckes and Roberto Mancini have also been linked with a move to fill the now vacant managerial post.