Vilanova to replace Pep Guardiola as Barcelona Coach

Vilanova to replace Pep Guardiola as Barcelona Coach. Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova will take over as the coach of the club, Barca President Sandro Rosell told a news conference.Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola will leave at the end of this season after deciding not to extend his contract, it was announced on Friday.

Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova will take over as the coach of the club, Barca President Sandro Rosell told a news conference.“Pep Guardiola will not continue as coach next season,” Rosell said.

“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.Vilanova to replace Pep Guardiola as Barcelona Coach

Barcelona’s most successful manager Pep Guardiola will walk away from the Catalans at the end of the season and will be replaced by his assistant Tito Vilanova, the club announced on Friday.

Guardiola’s decision to quit and recharge his batteries ends a remarkable trophy-laden four-year spell built on a passing style of unmatched fluidity and control.

“I’m sorry for the confusion in recent weeks. I’ve always wanted short contracts because the demands at Barcelona are so big,” the 41-year-old told a news conference at the Nou Camp with players present in the audience.

“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.”

Speculation about Guardiola’s future intensified after holders Barca were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea 3-2 on aggregate in their memorable semi-final on Tuesday when world player of the year Lionel Messi missed a penalty.

That followed a 2-1 home loss to arch rivals Real Madrid on Saturday that meant they are likely to miss out on a fourth straight La Liga title. A drained Guardiola added: “I am really sorry about having lost that energy but I cannot lie to myself if I don’t have the same energy and excitement as the beginning and I knew from before it was my last season.”

The Nou Camp hierarchy have moved quickly to name a successor and have continued in the mould of Guardiola, who was previously their B team coach.

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