It’s official. Pep Guardiola will be returning for another season as our coach. He agreed to a one-year deal, and the paperwork will be signed this summer.
It’s all Xavi’s fault, as our galvanic midfielder said “I can’t imagine Barcelona without Guardiola. And if he doesn’t sign, I plan on sending every pass into the cheap seats until he does. Neener, neener.”
Which took care of that.
Now, the perspective on this signing is fascinating. The BritPress say the one-year agreement is just so that Manchester United can clear the decks for him, because really, what coach wouldn’t want to do his thing in the Premiership, right?
The homeboy perspective is that he’s committed his future to Barcelona, foreverandeverandeverandever. Word.
I’m just happy that this is resolved, for now.
“It was an unanimous decision that Pep should continue as coach,” said the King of Catalunya, at a press conference.
The club announced that the deal would be signed by Guardiola, and whoever came out on top in the upcoming presidential elections. One wonders if there is a “half-baked git” clause in the deal, that would render it moot if a meddling jackass helmed the club. But we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it.
And true to form, Guardiola is living in the future not the past, musing that the renewal was because of potential greatness, rather than past glories. He added, “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.”
KOC said that we wanted to lock Guardiola up for a long time, but our coach’s preference is to sign short-term contracts.
“I believe you should for sign for short periods in which, as coach, you have to win things, win the players, win the fans.”
Boy, do I agree with that.
P.S. We have six, count ’em, six players on UEFA’s Team of the Decade, as voted by UEFA.com users. Xavi, Messi, Ibrahimovic, Iniesta, Alves and Puyol all made the cut.