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Olivavu

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Pep Guardiola to end reign as Barcelona coach in summer

Pep Guardiola will stand down as Barcelona manager at the end of the season after deciding not to renew his rolling one-year contract.
The 41-year-old, who made 479 appearances for Barca between 1990 and 2001, was appointed in 2008 and has led the Catalan club to 13 trophies.

Possible contenders for the job
Marcelo Bielsa: Managed Argentina before moving to Athletic Bilbao, where their style of play has taken them to the Europa League final in his first season
Laurent Blanc: A former Barca defender, Le President is known for his leadership skills, and won the league with Bordeaux before taking on the French national job
Luis Enrique: Former Barca and Spain team-mate of Guardiola, Enrique also managed Barca B for three years before taking up the top job at Roma
Ernesto Valverde: A fervent exponent of the Barca style of football, the Spaniard led Olympiacos to three Greek titles in his two spells at the club
Andre Villas-Boas: A protege of ex-Barca manager Sir Bobby Robson, AVB left Chelsea without success, but won four trophies in one season with Porto

But they look set to miss out to Real Madrid in La Liga and were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea.

It is understood that Guardiola will take a year-long break from the game.

A 1230 BST news conference has been called at the Nou Camp, where he is expected to explain the decision.

Guardiola spent three hours with Barca president Sandro Rosell on Thursday and informed his players on Friday morning.

He is the most successful coach in Barca history, with three league titles, two Champions Leagues and a Copa del Rey among his haul.

The former Spain midfielder has overseen the rise of three-time world player of the year Lionel Messi, Xavi and Andres Iniesta, while signing Cesc Fabregas from Arsenal.

Guardiola was particularly close to Messi - describing him as "the best ever" player - while the Argentina forward suggested Guardiola was the main factor behind Barca's recent success.

During talks which took place at Rosell's home in the city, Guardiola is thought to have said that he "could not go on".

What began as discussions over an extension to his deal soon turned into a push to keep Guardiola at the club.

Rosell is understood to have offered Guardiola unlimited spending power this summer but the Catalan did not base his decision on money.

Guardiola, a former Barca captain, has always maintained he would do what was best for the club.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/17855980



It will be interesting to see who takes over and also where Guardiola ends up next.

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Reply #1Fri 27/04/12 at 12:27

theanfieldpaddy

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he'll take a year off and take over from Kenny  :thumb:
Reply #2Fri 27/04/12 at 12:29

Olivavu

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Doubtful.
Reply #3Fri 27/04/12 at 12:30

theanfieldpaddy

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we'll see .. he's already on record saying Liverpool have the best youth system after Barca and he has mates working at Liverpool  :thumb:
Reply #4Fri 27/04/12 at 12:30

Olivavu

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I would rather see him arrive this Summer than next - if indeed he is ever to do so.
Reply #5Fri 27/04/12 at 13:31

AlfarinIcebreaker

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Wouldn't be so surprising - he said he wanted to test himself in Premiership, some of his colleagues from Barcelona working here, and has complimented us on our youth setup.

I'd like him here, even though he still has to establish himself as a top coach, because there are many doubters who think his success is mostly down to the players he had at his disposal. So it would be a gamble of some sort, but I think he would do well.
Reply #6Fri 27/04/12 at 13:48

Olivavu

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A manager that has won two Champions League titles in three seasons...."a gamble"..?  :unsure:
Reply #7Fri 27/04/12 at 14:01

Kazekou

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Yea but Roy Hogdson would struggle to fail with Xavi, Messi, Iniesta, Puyol, Pique, Fabregas, Mascherano and Sanchez in one side. All on the pitch at the same time. Heck, a retarded chimpanzee high on heroine could win the Champs League, with that side
Reply #8Fri 27/04/12 at 14:17

Olivavu

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I think it's incredibly harsh to undervalue what he achieved here.

He put that side together, selected the players and chose the tactics.
Reply #9Fri 27/04/12 at 14:49

Kazekou

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I was only being candid. But in reality, Mascherano and Sanchez were the only players he brought in. The others were signed by the president, were inherited or came through the youth.

I'm only highlighting a simple truth. I do still think that this Barcelona side are possibly the greatest team to ever play the game but also, that that is more down to the football that they play than the talent of their players.
Reply #10Fri 27/04/12 at 14:50

Olivavu

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Who is new boss Tito Vilanova?

Francesc 'Tito' Vilanova was a friend of Pep Guardiola at Barcelona's La Masia academy
After progressing to Barcelona B, the midfielder left the club, spending three years with Celta Vigo
Following retirement in 2002, the Spaniard joined lower league Barcelona-based side Terrassa FC as technical director
The 42-year-old was brought back to coach Barca B when Guardiola took control of the side in 2007
He moved up to the role of Guardiola's assistant coach at Barcelona when Pep moved up to the top job in 2008

(BBC)



Interesting that they have promoted from within again.

It really does feel like the end of an era though.
Reply #11Fri 27/04/12 at 19:42

theanfieldpaddy

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I think it's incredibly harsh to undervalue what he achieved here.

He put that side together, selected the players and chose the tactics.


 :nod: :thumb:

Looks Barca are going the route if it aint broke don't fix it

a bit like liverpool of the 60's ,70's and 80's with Shanks , Sir Bob , Joe and Kenny
Reply #12Fri 27/04/12 at 19:45

Olivavu

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Yep, they have an incredible way of bringing through players and coaches.
Reply #13Fri 27/04/12 at 22:18

Sniffer

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Yep, they have an incredible way of bringing through players and coaches.

Maybe we can learn a thing or two  :thumb:
Reply #14Sat 28/04/12 at 13:39

Olivavu

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We have - we pinched Rodolfo Borrell!