Guardiola to quit Barcelona at end of season

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will leave at the end of this season after deciding not to extend his contract.


Reuters April 27, 2012

MADRID: Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will leave at the end of this season after deciding not to extend his contract, it was announced on Friday.

"Pep Guardiola will not continue as coach next season," Barca President Sandro Rosell told a news conference.

"Thank you for your work and your love."

Guardiola, who wants to recharge his batteries, added: "I'm sorry for the confusion in recent weeks. I've always wanted short contracts because the demands at Barcelona are so big.

"Now we were out of the two main competitions, it was a good time to announce it.

"The reason is simple. Four years, that gets everyone tired. The new coach will give things that I can't give anymore."

Barca were knocked out of the Champions League as holders by Chelsea in the semi-finals on Tuesday while Real Madrid are likely to steal their La Liga title in the coming weeks.

COMMENTS (2)

OG | 9 years ago | Reply

:( pep was the greatest coach barca has ever had! we Thank you for all that you have done for this club and wish you good luck for the future

Abubakar Khalid | 9 years ago | Reply

We will miss you Pep!!! You've been a great coach and Barcelona has definately seen brighter days while you were incharge. All the best!

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