Guardiola’s decision could scourge Barca prior to Triplete challenges

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Guardiola’s decision could scourge Barca prior to Triplete challenges

Everything was fine and shine till the moment Guardiola gave the ill-timed verdict of leaving Barcelona as his contract expires in 2012. The reckless decision says that he would be staying at the Camp Nou dugout till next season. Guardiola’s squad is five points ahead at the Primera Division points table, through to the quarter finals of Champions League, scheduled to face arch rivals, Real Madrid, in the Copa del Rey final. What else does he need as everything seems to be according to the plan?

The alluring Barca coach, Pep Guardiola, flared a statement regarding his imminent exit from the Spanish club. He was appointed as the coach of Catalan Giants in the 2008 summer where he brought eight major titles including Champions League. Since his inception, his stay had been quite successful at the Camp Nou while there had been some speculations over his career with Barca. He revealed that he could leave Barcelona in over a year’s time when his contract with Spanish club expires at the end of the 2012 season.

The 40-year-old’s future with Blaugrana had been a hot issue among football pundits since Sandro Rosell took the job of club’s president thereby replacing Joan Laporta. Guardiola signed a one - year deal in February stating the extension of his tenure with the club, at least until the end of 2011-12. But at the same time, he’s been linked to a possible move to England and according to some reports, to Manchester United as a successor of Sir Alex Ferguson. He told Rai Sport that his time with Barca is reaching to an end. He said, “I think my time is ending here in Barcelona. I am fine here, but when you're at a club like this you cannot stay for too long. Next year will be my fourth consecutive season as coach of Barcelona.” He affirmed that having such a long run with a club is interesting but requires a lot of courage for the players to bear the coach because players might get tired of the coach and vice versa.

Reportedly, Guardiola could consider a move to his previous clubs as a midfielder and he might think about his job in Italy where he played for Roma and Brescia from 2001 to 2003. When inquired about his job with Italian giant clubs, the former Spain international explained, “Once I am free then I can speak with clubs, but while I am here I will never permit myself to speak with others. Inter had Rafael Benitez and it went like this and that, now Inter have Leonardo.” He further added, “Milan has [Massimiliano] Allegri, I had the luck to meet him in the summer. They are big European teams with great players. [Inter president Massimo] Moratti has a great coach.” The prolific Barca boss had won the treble in his first year of taking charge i.e. 2008-09. Barcelona is now leading the BBVA La Liga points table with having a chance of winning three trophies.



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