Fair play Peter. You've highlighted my concerns exactly.
Managing Barcelona, to me, is not exactly proof that your a top class manager. Sure it's not an easy job with the levels of expectation there now but does he have the quality that's needed to rebuild a club. I doubt it as you've pointed out with some of their transfer dealings. In fact it seems that Abramovich wants Pep. He may go for the pay day as I fully expect him to fall on similar times to AVB. The job AVB started at Chelsea is still there and just got harder on year on.
Also Rijkaard hasn't done much since leaving Barca either remember.