Join Now  | 
Home About Contact Us Privacy & Security Advertise
Soccer America Daily Soccer World Daily Special Edition Around The Net Soccer Business Insider College Soccer Reporter Youth Soccer Reporter Soccer on TV Soccer America Classifieds Game Report
Paul Gardner: SoccerTalk Soccer America Confidential Youth Soccer Insider World Cup Watch
RSS Feeds Archives Manage Subscriptions Subscribe
Order Current Issue Subscribe Manage My Subscription Renew My Subscription Gift Subscription
My Account Join Now
Tournament Calendar Camps & Academies Soccer Glossary Classifieds
Barcelona's Guardiola stays put for now
by Paul Kennedy, January 21st, 2010 7:01AM
Subscribe to Soccer America Daily

MOST READ

MOST COMMENTED

[SPAIN] Pep Guardiola, who coached Barcelona to a record six titles in 2009, has agreed to a one-year contract extension through the 2010-11 season, ending speculation -- at least for now -- of a move to Manchester United.

There had been talk that Guardiola would not return after the end of this season, but that was put to rest at a press conference held Wednesday in Barcelona.

Wednesday's announcement ended weeks of speculation over the 39-year-old's future. His contract had been set to expire in June.

"It was an unanimous decision that Pep should continue as coach," said outgoing Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

Part of the uncertainty regarding Guardiola's future resulted from Laporta's lame duck status as Barca president. A new president will elected by club socis (members) in the spring.

In Guardiola's first season after replacing Dutchman Frank Rijkaard, Barca won Spain's La Liga, Copa del Rey and Super Cup, the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup.

"Sooner or later, I know I will have to stop being coach of FC Barcelona and I know that I'm not going to be better off anywhere else," said Guardiola, a former Barcelona star.

Guardiola did say he preferred to sign a short-term deal -- which will keep alive of an eventual move to Manchester United when Alex Ferguson retires.

 



No comments yet.

Sign in to leave a comment. Don't have an account? Join Now




AUTHORS

ARCHIVES
FOLLOW SOCCERAMERICA

Recent Soccer America Daily
Video Pick: MLS hosts Black History Month Roundtable    
U.S. striker Jozy Altidore, Lynn Williams (North Carolina Courage, USA), FC Harlem founder Irv Smalls and ...
CCL: Mexico's Pachuca cruises into semifinals    
Mexico's Pachuca became the first team to advance to the semifinals of the Scotiabank Concacaf Champions ...
MLS Moves: Red Bulls name Hamlett sporting director    
Denis Hamlett, whose experience as a player and coach in MLS dates back to its launch ...
What They're Saying: Bruce Arena    
"Everyone knew in the 50s and 60s and 70s that St. Louis was a frontrunner in ...
What They're Saying: Gordon Jago    
"We wanted them to be here. We wanted to give them a trip that they would ...
Sneak Peak: Can Fire ignite in Year 2 of regime change?    
The additions of MLS veteran midfielders Dax McCarty and Juninho along with the signing of Serbian ...
Sneak Peek: Colorado looks to build on 2016 success    
The Colorado Rapids were the most consistent team in MLS last season, surprising everyone by finishing ...
Sneak Peek: Recent struggles tarnish D.C.'s glorious past    
On Monday, D.C. United fans were treated to the sight of politicians and league and team ...
New MLS roster rules: Four key trends for 2017    
The new MLS season begins on Friday, and the league has announced its 2017 roster rules: ...
Video Pick: EPL golazos by Harry Kane & Co.    
>> Soccer America Daily Archives