And he did it again; Pep Guardiola has bagged yet another La Liga title, his third in as many seasons. Since the former La Masia youth product took charge of the Blaugrana he has led FC Barcelona to nine trophies out of a possible 12. Come May 28th he could claim his second Champions League triumph as a manager (his third overall).
To put his achievements into perspective, FC Barcelona have been crowned La Liga victors 21 times and have only won the Champions League trice.
As a player and manager, Pep Guardiola has played an integral part in winning nine La Liga trophies and two Champions League triumphs. He is, without a doubt, FC Barcelona’s golden boy/talisman/legend.
If Johan Cruyff is the Godfather of FC Barcelona’s playing philosophy, then Pep Guardiola is the embodiment of the (Catalan) club. While Pep himself has indicated that his time as Barca’s manager is coming to an end, his long-term future surely lies with the Blaugrana.
Quite a few (current Barca president Sandro Rosell amongst them) predict that Pep Guardiola is destined to become the president of FC Barcelona at a later point in his career. For now, Culés are relieved to know that they can count on his services for at least one more season.
A year leaves more than enough time to formulate a contingency plan in case Pep Guardiola decides to call it a day. Join me in my search for FC Barcelona’s next manager.
The hot seat of FC Barcelona is among the most courted jobs in football. Rumor has it that Jose Mourinho’s apparent bitterness towards FC Barcelona stems from the fact that he wasn’t employed to replace outgoing manager, Frank Rijkaard.
As the legend goes, Johan Cruyff didn’t endorse a potential move for the Special One because of his defensive-minded approach and penchant to stir controversy.
Besides, managers who want the post of FC Barcelona’s manager must adhere to Barca’s philosophy and not the other way around. It’s the unique requirement that narrows down the potential list of candidates considerably. Let’s meet the five most likely choices.