By Neil James: Bayern Munich has today confirmed that Pep Guardiola will become their coach in July signing a three-year contract; the Spaniard had been linked with the most prestigious managerial posts in football. Guardiola appointment ended the speculation of who would replace current Bayern coach Jupp Heynckes when he retires this summer.
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The 41-year-old has agreed to a deal which will keep him in Germany until 2006, Guardiola resigned as manager of Barcelona last summer after helping the club win fourteen trophies in only four seasons.
Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, Bayern chief executive, said: “We are delighted that we have managed to get Pep Guardiola, whom several big clubs wanted and contacted. He is one of the most successful trainers in the world and we are sure that not only Bayern Munich but the whole of German football will benefit from what he brings.
“As a club and as Jupp Heynckes’s friends, we have to show understanding for this decision. We have to accept it and we have to respect it.
“During personal talks with Jupp Heynckes we assured each other that we will do anything we can, and now even more, to have a successful second half of the season 2012/13 where we want to get the title to Munich.“
Chelsea, Manchester City and Manchester United were all strongly linked to the Spaniard, and today in a video message for the FA’s 150th anniversary celebrations, he said of England: “I hope in the future I could be able to train there.”
Bayern Munich is secured a big coup by announcing that Pep will become their new manager in the summer, the Bundesliga side will be hoping that Guardiola can replicate the success he had at the Nou Camp.
Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness said: “We are extremely grateful for Jupp Heynckes’s work, and we would be very happy if the team would give this great coach a glorious farewell.
“As an adequate replacement for Jupp Heynckes only Pep Guardiola was of the right calibre.”