Friday, April 27, 2012
FOOTBALL : Pep Guardiola steps down as Barcelona manager
The 41-year-old, who was appointed in 2008 and has led the Catalan club to 13 trophies, will handover to current assistant Tito Vilanova. It is understood Guardiola will take a year away from football after relinquishing his duties to Vilanova.
But after a stunning reign it has been a disappointing season this year for Barca, who look set to miss out to Real Madrid in La Liga and were knocked out of the Champions League by Chelsea just 3 days ago.
"The reason is simple: four years is enough," said Guardiola. "I'm drained and I need to fill up. The demand has been very high and a manager must be strong."