Bayern Munich has confirmed that one of the World’s most desired coaches, Pep Guardiola will become their new boss at the end of this season.
Current manager, Jupp Heynckes will retire this summer, leaving Guardiola in position to take over as head coach.
He has signed a three year deal that will last until 2016.
Guardiola, 41, had hinted yesterday at a move to English football in an interview with England‘s 150th FA celebrations, but it appears that now is a long term goal.
“We are very pleased that we have managed to convince the football expert Pep Guardiola, who was coveted and contacted by many top clubs, to come to Bayern Munich,” – Bayern Munich’s Cheif Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said.
“He is one of the most successful coaches in the world and we are sure that he can make not just Bayern, but all of German football shine.”
The Spaniard who enjoyed a 4 year period with Barcelona from 2008-2012 has 2 Champions League winners medals as a manager among numerous successes, including three La Liga titles and the FIFA Club World Cup.
However, Guardiola, a former Barcelona player, resigned last season as he decided to take a sabbatical before embarking on his new challenge.
Guardiola will now take over at The Allianz arena, with a squad full of world class talents and a side who sit top of the Bundesliga. However, Bayern haven’t won a European Cup (or Champions League) since 2001, a trophy the club deeply desires. Bayern Munich, one of Germany’s most famous sides, finished runners up in last years Champions League final, losing on penalties to Chelsea in the final, at their home ground.
For Guardiola the move isn’t too much of a shock, but it does show how he was not foolish to go for a job such as Chelsea. Fund there would be high, but he would also have the high pressure of Roman Abramovich.
Rumours had also circulated suggesting the two time FIFA Coach of the year would move to Manchester City but Bayern Munich is a move that few can criticize.
Current Munich boss, Jupp Heynckes has spoken out on the situation –
“Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world and we are sure that he can make not just Bayern, but all of German football shine.”
The general feeling seems to be of relief among football fans that he gone to a more sensible club, who aren’t likely to have any knee jerk reactions if he were to fail to meet expectation.
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By Stowe Gregory @stowegregory