Why Pep Guardiola Left Barcelona


Pep Guardiola decided to leave his post as Barcelona manager in what was a highly anticipated, expected decision. The Catalan Master had been signing one-year contracts since he landed the Blaugrana job back in 2008, always arguing his time at the Camp Nou was limited and dependent on the 'feeling' he got from the players - Which brings out the question: What really happened that made him leave?


Guardiola-Rosell: An Empty Relationship

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 Pep Guardiola was given the chance to manage Barcelona by Joan Laporta, for which the Catalan coach will be eternally grateful.

 Long story cut short: The former president left Barcelona in disgraceful debt (reported to be around 442 million euros) after just 8 years in charge. After such a finantialy unsuccessful term as president, Joan Laporta was replaced by his former friend and now arch-enemy Sandro Rosell (more detail here), leaving Guardiola working under a guy who he respected but didn't necessarily trust.

 The situation made Pep increasingly uncomfortable. A clear example: Rosell's eagerness to stay away from the media focus left Guardiola alone to defend our club's honor from accusations of drug-taking, accepting refereeing favors and other rubbish from the Madrid-based media.

 To make matters worse, here is what Joan Laporta had to say about Guardiola's departure: "Rosell has not done enough to keep Guardiola as manager. Pep is right to leave because the new board have an obsession to destroy everything that we built together during our time at Barcelona" 

My opinion on the matter is clear: Sandro Rosell is managing Barcelona's finances sensibly but should have a more visible presence to defend the club from external attacks. Joan Laporta ruined our club's economy and, if he loves Barcelona as much as he says he does, should remain quiet at this time of transition instead of damaging our club from the outside. As for Guardiola, I believe he has every right to leave if that is his wish.

The interest of Barcelona must prevail above external people who are no longer involved with the club. This is a time to stay together and support those are staying: Sandro Rosell, Zubizarreta and Tito Vilanova.

 No time for another never-ending Battle Of Egos: Cules deserve better.

  Guardiola-Players: The Stress Of Managing Stars

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 Pep Guardiola has always been able to keep his players under control, which was key to his legendary success. His 24-hour approach to the job is regarded as highly-effective but exhausting at the same time.

In modern football, players are young, famous, successful millionaires who are considered semi-gods by millions of adoring fans all across the world. At Barcelona, the situation has been accentuated by the tremendous success achieved under Guardiola - 13 out of 17 titles so far, hopefully 14 after the Copa Del Rey final.

As Cruyff explained yesterday: "Coaching Barcelona is a difficult job, the coach must control many egos. His energy has run out, which is normal. It's best to leave"

 As I explained in this previous article, I sense some players have let Guardiola down this season. Whether we like it or not, the Pique-Shakira story has not helped the Catalan Giant's performances, Dani Alves' behaviour has been erratic at times (which may end up influencing others such as Thiago or Messi unless it changes), Pedro's tremendous drop in form is difficult to explain...

 Let's hope Rosell, Zubizarreta and Vilanova are capable and brave enough to take necessary decisions to ensure Barcelona continue to be competitive at the highest European level next season.

 Guardiola-Vilanova: A True Friendship

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Barcelona's sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, was always aware of the possibility that Guardiola would eventually leave Barcelona - It was hardly a secret, wasn't it? As a result, Zubi has spent most of the last year researching the market for new coaches who could continue our current, trademark style into the future.

After months of analyzing many possibilities (it is believed Marcelo Bielsa, Frank De Boer, Laurent Blanc or Villas-Boas were all considered), the choice was to ask Pep's assistant, Tito Vilanova, to take the job - which he did.

The Madrid-based media, as expected, has been quick to find all sorts of problems with this transition: Did Tito accept the job without Guardiola knowing? Should Tito have left too? Has Tito betrayed Pep? Are Zubizarreta and Pep on speaking terms? Did Guardiola leave so he could return with Laporta in the future?

I would be very surprised if Pep was anything but terribly happy for his life-long friend's promotion as it ensures the essence of his Barcelona idea will be carried on as a result. Those who doubt the purity of Guardiola's feelings clearly don't know him at all: An respectable Blaugrana man with true values.

As a born Catalan, I have witnessed how Real Madrid always use their immense power within the Spanish press to their advantage, always trying to downplay Barcelona's achievements and create doubt in Cules' minds - The current media storm after Guardiola's departure was fully expected, so there is definitely no need to worry.

To be honest, the best thing to do at this point is let them talk in the background and ignore them.

What We Learned 

Whenever a sportsperson who has achieved legendary status leaves the team they built their careers in, a massive hole which is virtually impossible to fill is left behind. It happened at Ferrari after Schumacher's departure, the LA Lakers after Phil Jackson and, closer to home, at Barcelona after Johan Cruyff was sacked back in 1996 after years of violent disagreements with former president Núñez.

Talking about what could have been or may have happened if Guardiola had stayed is a pointless exercise, as it won't help Barcelona move forward. Tito Vilanova is bound to make many mistakes on the job but, if we love the Blaugrana as much as we say we do, we will give him time to rectify them instead of looking back at the time when his friend Pep made us the stronger team on Earth.

Times are about to change: Let's build the future together.

 Tots units fem força!

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Have Your Say 

What did you think of this article? 

Do you think Pep Guardiola's departure will damage Barcelona's future?

 How do you feel about the Madrid-based media storm? 

Is Tito Vilanova the right man to succeed Pep?

Did I miss out on any important points you would like to share with us?

 I welcome and appreciate all respectful feedback.

Força Barça!!

Posted by: Francesc Tomàs
Founder and Columnist at www.barcablog.com and ESPN Correspondent

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Comments

  1. Posted by Atletico 16 hours, 14 minutes ago
    Nice article and I think you nailed the key questions down. Seems very of that someone would leave arguably the best coaching job in the world under no pressure from fans. There is either some major
    drama within the team our Guardiola is truly a man among men and whose word should be taken as fact. There is little evidence to show that it's anything but the latter.
    I would guess the replacement coach will do fine. Just about anyone would with that squad. I think Guardiola will be back in Catalunya once a crisis destroys the team. Guardiola is so beloved that he will probably rise in regional politics and lead some Sort of movement to separate Catalunta from Spain. Even though I an not aBarca fan, the team had given me pride to be Spanish. Good luck to them in the future.

    Posted by Fair play 12 hours, 9 minutes ago
    Is the richest man in the world the best person in the world? - most unlikely. Is the coach who won league titles in different countries the best football person in the world, of course not. The best person(s) in any walk of life is the person who have done something for the good of the work they ivolved in. Can Mourinho be a good person as well as a good coach? - not in a million year. However, Guardiola doesn't need to prove himself to be the best coach any time because he is a decent human being respected for what he has achieved in football and many true football lovers all over the world are sincerely grateful for the joy, happiness and dignity that he brought to the normally ugly and selfish games of football.

    Posted by Jorge 5 hours, 20 minutes ago
    Barcelona will miss a lot Guardiola. He is unique. I would like to see Josh Low in Barcelona. I think that He could make a great job ... By the Way great article

    Posted by endahf7 4 hours, 49 minutes ago
    you are absolutely RIGHT !
    Gracias Pep , Welcome Tito and Forca Barca !!!

    Posted by Anonymous 17 hours, 20 minutes ago
    Up barca,pep departure is not good for the club at all and the right decision for himself but laporta is barca main virus. Jamiu saleeman

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  2. Very good article which raises some interesting points. The last thing Barcelona needs is a bitter Laporta v Rosell civil war at the next election. Both have contributed to our recent success but, as you said, both have had their shortcomings.
    Next year, Tito will have to hid the road running as people will expect more success. The attitude of the players will be vital. Hopefully, their hunger will be renewed.
    As for Pep, he has been mentioned as a canditate for every available job except the US Presidency. The one that makes the most sense to me is as the next coach of the Spanish national team. But would they give to a Catalan? The second season of "What will Pep do?" will be just as keenly followed as the first.

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  3. Anonymous20.5.12

    Congratulations Francesc! This is a great article we have been looking forward to for a long time! The background is revealed somehow.
    Thank you!
    E.H.

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  4. Azeez Oduneye20.5.12

    I respect Pep's decision even though it hurts. I always believe that Tito will continue Pep's legacy though it will be a difficult feat, but its possible. Pep was able τ̅☺ achieve a lot cos he has the respect and co-operation of the players.
    Il urge all fans to support this man. Wishing Pep all the best

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  5. Anonymous20.5.12

    very good article.i think tito has what it takes having worked under guardiola for four seasons!

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  6. Anonymous20.5.12

    Who said Laporta's term of office was an unsuccessful one? Winning 2 champions league n i stand to be corrected, 4 league trophies and u call that unsuccessful?

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  7. Posted by brighton 6 hours, 22 minutes ago
    Pep has done everything in football, as an achiever he had nothing more to prove & the only thing he had to prove was he had a partner whom he wants to show the world what Tito is made of...& mark my words pep knows the ma is capable. Only true men handover reins so that everyone plays their part, like wat pep did..Some they praise themselves like mou & recently CR7..and self praising??????

    Posted by MOHAMMED ZARUDEEN 1 hour, 41 minutes ago
    I THINK PEP GARDIOLA IS GREAT COACH AND HE KNOWS WHY HE DICIDED TO LIVE AFTER THIS SEASON

    Posted by AJ Safado 1 hour, 39 minutes ago
    As brilliant as Pep had been, he has clearly lost it. The lineup for the 2nd match against Madrid was awful, deciding to go with Tello and Alcantara over Cesc and Alexis. He made a poor lineup decision in the 2nd leg against Chelsea. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for developing the youth and getting them experience, but not in the two biggestest games of the year. Hell, we still had a chance to win the league and CL before those matches, and he set the team up for failure. All good things must come to an end, I'm glad to see him go so we we can move on as a club. Messi can't do it by himself, and we need to get a top striker up front to play with him.

    Posted by Muhydeen giwa 1 hour, 7 minutes ago
    Pep is a fantanstic coach but tito is a right man to succeed him bcos they work together. I wish him best of luck like chelsea coach

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  8. Anonymous20.5.12

    Who said Barça was in debt? Rosell..
    Don't believe everything he says... Laporta is a Catalan separatist same as Pep... and Rosell is not...
    Rosell acted on revenge...
    An example: Laporta got rid of the Boixos nois, who are fascist sam,e as Ultras sur & Rosell has let them back in..with the excuse of the grada jove...
    U have to be Catalá to know what it's all about mate...

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  9. Anonymous20.5.12

    I have so much to say..but I really don't feel like..so ama just "TITO CAN DO IT"

    emperorfl@facebook.com

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  10. Anonymous21.5.12

    Your first point is utter rubbish. DO some research before you comment. Laporta unsuccessful financially as a President? SMH!

    Laporta inherited a ton load of debt from Gaspart. When he left, there was a profit that was mysteriously audited under the Rosell regime and , lo and behold, there is this huge debt. Lo and behold again, now Rosell is claiming to turn a profit. Very fishy if you ask me!

    In any case, Point #1 is poor and lacks total research.

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  11. its high time you stop talking ill of another club.its not real madrid that is talking about barca but the media.anyway,for barcelona,they are finished and i doubt if they will even win the coppa del rey trophy.as for gurdiola,you have made it during your time in barca and i doubt if tito will fit into your shoes.long live barca

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  12. Remjious you're an idiot, what are you doing commenting on this blog if you're going to say nonsensical bullsh*t like "Barca are finished"? Do we still have a team of World Cup winners AND Messi? Yep. We do. Do we have a skilled tactician as coach? Yep. Are you completely stupid? Yep.
    Barca is going nowhere. Four years of buildup does not get torn asunder by 3 games (RM game, Chelsea games). For me, we are STILL the best team in the world, we have the best personnel and in 12 months, we'll have our hands on 3 more trophies. Believe it, and if you don't, then go hop on the bandwagon of another club. Chelsea, for instance.

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  13. Anonymous21.5.12

    this article answers queries that have bothered me since the news of pep's exit surfaced. my heart is still guarded on the future which i hope bodes well for my favorite spanish team. i can only wait and hope things do work for the better.

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  14. Posted by endahf7 1 day, 14 hours ago
    you are absolutely RIGHT !
    Gracias Pep , Welcome Tito and Forca Barca !!!

    Posted by brighton 1 day, 7 hours ago
    Pep has done everything in football, as an achiever he had nothing more to prove & the only thing he had to prove was he had a partner whom he wants to show the world what Tito is made of...& mark my words pep knows the ma is capable. Only true men handover reins so that everyone plays their part, like wat pep did..Some they praise themselves like mou & recently CR7..and self praising??????

    Posted by MOHAMMED ZARUDEEN 1 day, 2 hours ago
    I THINK PEP GARDIOLA IS GREAT COACH AND HE KNOWS WHY HE DICIDED TO LIVE AFTER THIS SEASON

    Posted by AJ Safado 1 day, 2 hours ago
    As brilliant as Pep had been, he has clearly lost it. The lineup for the 2nd match against Madrid was awful, deciding to go with Tello and Alcantara over Cesc and Alexis. He made a poor lineup decision in the 2nd leg against Chelsea. Don't get me wrong, I'm all for developing the youth and getting them experience, but not in the two biggestest games of the year. Hell, we still had a chance to win the league and CL before those matches, and he set the team up for failure. All good things must come to an end, I'm glad to see him go so we we can move on as a club. Messi can't do it by himself, and we need to get a top striker up front to play with him.

    Posted by Muhydeen giwa 1 day, 1 hour ago
    Pep is a fantanstic coach but tito is a right man to succeed him bcos they work together. I wish him best of luck like chelsea coach

    Posted by vivek 13 hours, 58 minutes ago
    Whatever you say, Pep knew his era was over. And is great because he had courage to leave with dignity and pride.

    Posted by johnie 10 hours, 25 minutes ago
    As a barca fan i believe pep left at the time when the club still needed him most however having worked with tito during his tenure, i believe tito can carry on the mantle.

    Posted by forse bertand 7 hours, 11 minutes ago
    we love pep don,t go please

    Posted by Nnamdinho 6 hours, 41 minutes ago
    Brilliant piece..I'm a manchester United fan but i admire the way PeP comports himself.He is a brilliant example to any sports man..I will alwso miss his dapper sense of style haha..
    I think it's better to leave when you know you have exhausted all your resources and appointing Tito to me is a good move, he will and simply carry on the tradition and add his own personal flavour to the team.He looks a stern man.Lets see how he does :)

    Posted by Olusegun Kappo 6 hours, 17 minutes ago
    I really love this Article and what I think is as follos:
    I do not think Vilanova's replacement is the best. I think its a kind of set-up to Gaudiola and this is among reasons he's leaving the Club.
    The madrid based media are trying to pull the club down and Rosel & Zubizaretta both not doing well in defending the club medially, they left Gurdiola to face and answer every unberable questions. I think they left this guy to do all the working; which takes away his relaxing time and got tired in the process.
    Lastly, I belived Gurdiola will return in the future when the rulling house in Barcelona had damaged the Club. Gurdiola did what is the best by resigning. Viva Barca

    Posted by Hirale 5 hours, 57 minutes ago
    Am requesting 2 solve ths mata down and pep should come back as soon as possible

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  15. Posted by ezfulus 5 hours, 26 minutes ago
    barca's going down :p

    Posted by Kay mighty 14 minutes ago
    Tito is a good guess/gamble. He should have known Guardiola inside out and should have learnt a lot even if he didn't know anything before. The true test for the future will come in the Spanish super cup because that will be the first impression and first impression they say............ Leave Madrid alone, they are kidding giants. Guardiola is exhausted. It may be easy to get to the top but to stay there and maintain it is arduous. We hope for a good time under Vilanova

    Posted by Ultimateboy 6 minutes ago
    Waoh!!! This is a very nice article. Though Barca will miss Guardiola for the great job he has done, but life has to continue as it is known that he can't continue coaching the team for ever. As per Madrid-based media, let them continue to broadcast whatever story they feel like, but the fact is, they are doing that because they are obsessed with Barca. Barca board made a very good decision by appointing Vilanova. Just like 4 years when Guardiola was appointed, everyone was angry but at the end, we are all happy. Vilanova will have a happy ending at Barca (hopefully). Barca for life!!! Messi for life... Forza Barca

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  16. Posted by franklin 20 hours, 40 minutes ago
    Bercelona need another keeper

    Posted by Jacob m audu 19 hours, 42 minutes ago
    Joseph pep guardiola is one of the best coach in the world i have ever seign considering the fact that "when you are right no one remember but when you are wrong no one forget" i.e i love guardiola let barcelona fc retain him at all course. Long life barcelona f.c, long life barcelona players and long life my country nigerian i love u all barcelona fans.

    Posted by Seamless 5 hours, 34 minutes ago
    What a nice and juicy article.
    Pep has tried as a coach for barcelona by taking the club's football to a level that every club in the world would always dream to rich. I believe this is the right time for him to leave as he seems to have reached the zenith of his tactical capability. Tito having worked with him I believe will be the right person to uphold the legendary tradition.
    Long live entertainment home

    Posted by sly nana johnson 4 hours, 27 minutes ago
    pep should have stayed and challenge the special one.This will make La Liga more interesting and competitive.

    Posted by chimaobi azu 4 hours, 13 minutes ago
    pep is the man, he possesses all the qualities of a good coach, i really belive that he is 100 percent sure of what he is doing.

    Posted by OLAWALE 2 hours ago
    pep is my idea coach.he did everything he could for the club. he gave his best and believe his best was good enough for as fans,i pray that God gives him rest wherever he goes.I believe that the manager:Tito,will do the same thing for the club,even better

    Posted by juma paul 1 hour, 25 minutes ago
    I think the josep should just change his mind and take berca to the next level. Pliz can you send me the list of berca's 1st eleven squard for the kings cup final on may,25th, 2012.

    Posted by OKEKWU ATE MUSA 51 minutes ago
    Changes is permanent in any human endeavour, without the exit of Riskard there will be no Pep, The stepping down of Pep may seems worrisome but I am sure that Barcelona will record more achievement than what is obtainable in pep era, I am also convince in my inner heart that some area that barc are lacking in their play will be put right.I am also using this opportunity to beg Barcelona to buy an attacker, messi is a winger, villa is out for enjury, we need an attacker, Against chelsea we could have won the game if we have a natural attacker, so also, penalty in a crucial match should not be left for messi, let another player play, Fabreaga and Alexis are good penalty shooter, let them be giving the opportunity.

    Posted by VICTOR NGHIULIKWA 46 minutes ago
    I think Gaurdiola will destroy his career as a coach,because there is no team in the world that play the same football as Barca do.mybe he can go to Arsenal,who knows?why did he take such a stupit decision to leave such a great team,although they lost la liga crown?i know most of the teams would loves to take him but it'll be difficult for him to build a team.nevertheless, your article is so interesting.

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  17. Posted by Hardey 10 minutes ago
    I am surprised about the various comments people are making. Barcelona will outlive Pep. Pep was just lucky to have the players who were at their peak of their career during his tenure. Give same set of players to any coach including my mum, they will match or even excel his record. The forms of those players have dipped. Pep knows this hence he bowed out quickly. If Pep is as good as people think, let him go to another club with different set of players and see if he will achieve as he did at Barca. Sentiment must be put aside. Barca must move forward. Why would a coach be signing a year contract each time? Let's face facts, there are many better coaches around the world. Pep or no Pep, Barca must be future looking and not dwell in thPep era. You know a good coach by different leagues he won with different leagues. Give Tito the respect he deserves. Pep is gone and it is bye bye. Welcome to the era of Tito. If pep wants to proof himself as a sound coach, let him go to English Premier.

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