GrahamHill From France, joined Mar 2007, 2674 posts, RR: 1 Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 942 times:
A very sad news for Barça fans indeed. I feared the day it would come, and it came. Guardiola has done so much for this club, he has done so much for his players (bar a couple like Ibra) and for the fans. I honestly thought he would continue one more year, just for the sake of not leaving on a failure. But apparently he was completely worn out after four years.
I'm maybe fantasizing, but what if he was taking a time off until the next club's presidential elections and then run for them? We all know he does not appreciate Rosell, so I can see Pep running against him.
MIAspotter From Spain, joined Nov 2001, 2512 posts, RR: 25 Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 939 times:
Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 1): But apparently he was completely worn out after four years.
Yes that´s what he said. he believes he finished his cycle and needs to move on, fair play to him, as much as we would love for him to stay, it was ultimately his own decision.
Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 1): I hope the Camp Nou will celebrate him the way he deserves during the next home game.
Let´s see what happens, May 2nd Barça v Malaga.
Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 1): I always thought that part of Guardiola's successes were thanks to him. He is an excellent tactician, so I'm not too worried about that aspect. What I fear is his abilities as a leader of men.
Big shoes to fill, I am pretty sure he will do allright, there were rumours of other managers up to replace him like Villas-Boas, Löw, Laurent Blanc and Marcelo Bielsa.
Quoting GrahamHill (Reply 1): I'm maybe fantasizing, but what if he was taking a time off until the next club's presidential elections and then run for them?
BlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1810 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 900 times:
I agree, really sad.
Massive Barca fan here too. I think Tito will do well in the short term, but I'm really intrigued by Marcelo Bielsa. He's done massively interesting things for Atletic. Would love to see what he could do with the likes of Iniesta, Xavi, Messi, Sanchez, Fabregas etc.... Could be strategically brilliant.
connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 13 Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 23 hours ago) and read 862 times:
It's like coaching the Montreal Canadiens - the media fishbowl and pressure to win wears you down. I hope Guardiola can really have a year away from football to rest and rejuvenate. best thing he can do for himself right now is to terminate his telephone service for at least a few months !!
BlueElephant From United Kingdom, joined Dec 2006, 1810 posts, RR: 6 Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 802 times:
Quoting MIAspotter (Reply 4): So you think Tito is a stop-gap measure until Barça can get their hands on Bielsa? no idea how long is his contract with Athletic Bilbao.
I think that's certainly possible. He can communicate with all the players, he's sort of crazy, and I think he could handle it.
Watching what he's been doing at Athletic, I mean come on, he went into Old Trafford, and utterly destroyed the arrogance that is Man Utd. And with a club that (let's face it) isn't nearly as good as the MU squad.
wingman From Spain, joined May 1999, 2019 posts, RR: 5 Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 737 times:
As a lifelong Real fan I have to doff my cap to Pep. He is truly a class act with a record that cannot be denied. And oddly enough the Barca squad just come off as a class act in general under him. And tough as it is to admit, I do believe this is the greatest collection of players ever to take the pitch. I'm sorry Real and Barca won't be meeting in Munich this year..next year then.
lxa333 From United States of America, joined Nov 2008, 276 posts, RR: 0 Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 736 times:
Well done by Guardiola, a great era at barca, although as a chelsea fan that champions league that they won in 2009 should have been us. At least barca went home this year. Guardiola was a class act which doesnt apply to busquets. It would be a pleasure to have him at Chelsea.