Following several rumors over the last couple of days and a flurry of speculation since the summer, former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has officially decided on his next destination and will take over as the new Bayern Munich coach next season.
The 41-year-old will succeed Jupp Heynckes at the club next season and sign a three year deal with Germany’s record champions. It was also announced that current coach Jupp Heynckes will not renew his contract, paving the way for Guardiola to take over in the summer after a one year sabbatical which he spent in New York City.
Guardiola the “only” choice for Bayern
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge shared the excitement that is sure to follow in all Bayern supporters.
We’re very excited to have been able to convince and get a great football mind like Pep Guardiola, who was pursued and contacted by many big clubs. Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful football coaches in the world and we are sure that he will contribute greatly, not just to FC Bayern, but to German football. We’re looking forward to being able to work with him starting July 2013.
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness meanwhile too shared his excitement and hopes the new arrival will not overshadow the great work done by Jupp Heynckes at the club in the last year and a half and the team will give him the rightful sending off he deserves.
After this decision from Jupp Heynckes, whose work we are extremely grateful for, we would be very happy if the team shows this great coach the deserved farewell he deserves. As a proper successor for Jupp Heynckes we can only get a coach with the caliber of Pep Guardiola
Bayern’s “potential” brought Pep to Bayern
Even though the decision was only officially confirmed today, according to Guardiola’s representative Josep Maria Orobitg, the agreement was already reached back in December. Talking to EFE Radio, Orobitg revealed it was Bayern’s structure and its potential that really lured Guardiola in with offers coming from every which angle.
It was signed before Christmas, around December 20. Bayern was chosen because of all the teams who made offers it was the best. We went over the offers and this is not the team which offered the most money. It was chosen for the organization, the potential and for its players. There were contacts with clubs which were close, others which were parked until the decision was made. There were contacts with all those as was publicized—Roma, Milan,…—Furthermore, there were meetings. It was coming out on all sides that there had been offers, true meetings, false meetings, journeys which did not exist.
A pedigree to match Bayern’s ambitions
Guardiola’s success as Barcelona coach is no secret. In his four years with the club, he won almost everything there was to win, playing a style revered and renowned across the world and created arguably the greatest football side of all time. In his time with the club he won 14 out of a possible 18 trophies and did so in style and by raising the game of every single one of his players.
Bayern’s emphasis on youth football, sound financial footing and great family and club culture seem tailor-made for Guardiola who emphasizes more than just his football but also the club’s overall operation. If Guardiola receives the right support at the club, Bayern fans have reason to be excited.
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