Josep Guardiola has confirmed on news conference that after four years he is leaving Barcelona. The new coach of the Catalan club next season will be Guardiola’s current assistant Tito Vilanova.
After the morning workout when he announced his decision to players, Guardiola several hours later confirmed the departure and to the media on “press conference” at which was present most of first team footballers. Although it seemed that he decided to leave after meeting with club president Sandro Rosell on Wednesday evening, Guardiola has admitted that he knew much earlier that next season he will not lead the current European and Spanish champions.
– Back in December I knew that am going but I did not want to tell that to the players. I apologize to everyone that I have created uncertainty, but I wanted to wait with publication until we finished playing in the Champions League. I am aware that it is a privilege to be the coach of Barcelona, but I feel empty – said 41-year old coach who in four years won 13 trophies, including two from the Championship League and three Spanish.
– I am happy and proud that I was here, but four years are an eternity. Now I must return enthusiasm, passion – said Guardiola, not revealing future plans.
President Sandro Rosell has announced that Tito Vilanova will be the next manager of the Barça first team in replacement of Pep Guardiola.
President Sandro Rosell introduced the conference by saying: “We have called you today to announce that Pep Guardiola will not continue in charge of the team next season.
“Thank you, Pep, for all the happiness you have brought us and for bringing a model of football that can never be questioned. The thanks from everybody at Barcelona will be eternal for the best manager in the history of the club.”
Offical Barca site provide all Guardiola´s numbers which are very impressive..
13 titles won and a 70% win rate are just a few of Pep Guardiola’s stats since his took charge of FC Barcelona’s first team
Pep Guardiola started his career on the bench in 2007 when he took charge of Barça B when the team was in the Spanish Third Division. A year later, after having led the reserve side to Second Division B, the Catalan took the reins from Frank Rijkaard as the first-team manager. In his over 200 matches at the FC Barcelona helm he won 13 titles.
PEP GUARDIOLA’S TOTAL NUMBERS
– Matches: 242
– Victories: 175
– Draws: 46
– Defeats: 21
– Goals scored: 618 (2,55 per match)
– Goals conceded: 178 (0,73 per match)
– Winning % : 72,31%
PEP GUARDIOLA IN LA LIGA
– Titles: 2008/09, 2009/10 and 2010/11
– Matches: 148
– Victories: 113
– Draws: 24
– Defeats: 11
– Winning % in 08-09: 71%
– Winning % in 09-10: 81,5%
– Winning % in 10-11: 78,9%
– Winning % in 11-12: 73,5%
PEP GUARDIOLA IN THE KING’S CUP
– Titles: 2008/09
– Matches: 30
– Victories: 21
– Draws: 6
– Defeats: 3
PEP GUARDIOLA IN THE CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
– Titles: 2008/09 i 2010/11
– Matches: 52
– Victories: 31
– Draws: 15
– Defeats: 6
PEP GUARDIOLA: Other competitions (European Super Cup, Spanish Super Cup, Club World Cup)
– Spanish Super Cup Titles: 2009/10, 2010/11 and 2011/12
– European Super Cup Titles: 2009/10 and 2011/12
– Club World Cup Titles: 2009/10 and 2011/12
– Matches: 12
– Victories: 10
– Draws: 1
– Defeats: 1
Honours as manager
– 2011 FIFA Best Manager of the Year
– Best manager in 2009 and 2011 according to the IFFHS
– ONZE d’Or as best European manger in 2009 and 2011
– Best LFP manager in 2009 and 2011
– World’s best manager according to World Soccer in 2009 and 2011
– Royal Order of Athletic Merit 2010
– Gold medal from the Parlament de Catalunya
– 2009 Catalan of the year
– Santpedor’s favourite son in 2009