Having read a couple of books about Barcelona you get the impression Txiki is a pretty decisive character. He had suggested to the Barca board that they sack Rijkaard 12 months before they did but the board refused. Then when the board wanted Rijkaard sacked midway through that season and Pep installed straight away Txiki refused outright on the grounds that Pep was still managing Barca B and wasn't quite ready. What's interesting is that although the team were doing relatively well on the field under Rijkaard Txiki still could see the problems in the dressing room and could see that a change was required. Again it's something I posted yesterday but in England we treat the managerial position as sacred whereas in Europe it's the norm for coaches to have a 3/5 year cycle at any club, and it's incredibly rare for them to stay beyond that.