April 27th, 2012

Pep Guardiola: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow

Images: REUTERS/Albert Gea.

Barcelona ‘B’ team coach Tito Vilanova has been confirmed as the club’s new manager after Pep Guardiola announced in a press conference this morning that he would be stepping down at the end of the season.

Pep, who has won three¬†league titles, two Champions League trophies and the Copa Del Rey during his four year tenure, stated that he would not be renewing his rolling contract because he has “nothing left and need(s) to recharge [his] batteries.”

He also rejected intense speculation about his future employment, saying ¬†”Sooner or later I’ll take up another coaching job, but not right now.” This has not put off the likes of Roman Abramovich, who is reportedly planning to tempt Guardiola to Chelsea with a huge financial deal.

This IS an interesting development, Kickettes. What does the future hold for our former (we wish) conquest? And more importantly, where would you like to see him plying his trade?

Don’t say your bedroom. We can assure you, we covered that earlier.

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124 Responses to “Pep Guardiola: Parting Is Such Sweet Sorrow”

  1. Laura says:

    The end of swagger at Camp Nou :(

  2. Tex says:

    Hey Kickettes!! I must tell you that Tito Villanova is not Barça B coach, he's actually assistant coach under Pep Guardiola. =)
    Xxx

  3. MadameGourcuff says:

    love pep, very humble unlike other spain coaches,lol. his health and sanity are worth more than coaching, so rest and good luck!

  4. eva says:

    Good luck to Guardiola in all his future endeavors. The man is an excellent coach and motivator. I bleed white, but I respect what he's done for his team, and the impact that he's had on them, and the sport in general.

    One thing is for sure, living up to the standards that he sets can take a toll on someone….I wish them luck with their new manager. Here's to more great, intense, cleanly 'fought' Classico's!

  5. Juliette says:

    Pep has quit because he is tired, and feels he has done enough with Barcelona, watch this space, a top flight footballer will do exactly the same next season. Us mere mortals who think we would love to be professional footballers, or managers, earning millions a year, and 'living the dream' are delusional. To be a professional takes great mental strength. Normal folks only see the wealth, and fame, not the mental strain, not the waiting around in airports for hours, going to places we just don't want to go to, not the false people around us, not the strain on personal relationships, not having any privacy, not being 'allowed' to be ourselves, having to conform to what society expects of us, I could go on…
    I personally believe that Pep made his decision to quit months ago, even if Barcelona would have won the champions league, the La Liga, and any other cups that were up for grabs! Good luck Pep, all the best!

    • Kristina says:

      He said so himself at the pressconference. That he decided months ago, and that the club knew. Yes, he has looked tired. And some people need more time than others to reflect I guess. I think he did the right thing, even if it hurts me as a cule.

  6. Kat22 says:

    A truly great coach who always comes across a real gentleman too. Glad to hear he distanced himself from the Chelsea job.

    All the best for the future Pep, whatever you decide to do.

  7. xoWinnie says:

    Pep was one of the very few, minuscule things i liked and respected about Barca (despite being annoyed by people who acted as though the man had been canonized). i respect him more as an individual coach than i do as "Barcelona's coach" but there's no denying the man gave that club so much to appreciate him for. i wish him luck in his career, and hope that during this time he has away from the sport he'll be able to relax and enjoy life with his family. i'll also miss the sudden adrenaline rush i got when ogling him at the past few clasicos. he made the last few defeats an easier pill to swallow :-P

  8. camille says:

    my heart is breaking i love this man
    we will miss you pep!!!!!!!!!

  9. AC_USA says:

    I will miss him sooooooooooo much :( Hope that Barca as a team will continue and next season come back better then ever. I just have a feeling he needs a little rest and will be back at Barca before we know it :) )) Visca Barcaaaa :)

  10. slav4mou says:

    I will miss Pep and the purple sweater in particular. I, for one, loved all the Pep v. Mou tension. So, so hot. It is the end of an era.

  11. Carlos says:

    Guardiola: The Improver of a Model: The most beautiful One, … and the Most Effective?
    However, Barca diddn't have an Alternate Plan (Plan b)

    Guardiola: 4 years Improving Football/Soccer
    ….

  12. Alessandra says:

    Ugh, this day keeps getting worse for me. Had a shit day at work, came home to find my father's family, who I loathe with a passion, are spontaneously spending the night, and now this.

    Nevertheless, I wish him the best in his future. I can't thank him enough for all the amazing things he has done for this FCB and the beautiful game.<3

  13. DebS says:

    Sad day for all Cules and football fans around the world. I read Messi's comment on FB about why he didn't attend the press conference. Poor kid, can't blame him one bit. For sure the media would eat up any sorrow on the face of the Barca players, just like they did after their CL loss.

    I'm a die hard Madridista but I can't ignore all that he's done for Barca. Best of luck to you, Pep.

  14. Marissa says:

    I'm a madrista but always loved this man. He is an amazing coach and a great human being and I hope he goes on to great clubs and wins more things.

    • AC_USA says:

      I am a Barca fan but sort of like you Ozil and Khedira are some of my favorite players!! There is no room for hate. All we can do is wish everyone luck and hope that Barca and Madrid come back every season stronger and stronger. To me they are two of the best football clubs on the world. :)

  15. Gillian says:

    I'll miss him but wish him all the best. A true class act.

  16. Kristina says:

    It just dawned on me: this, Kickette, is the perfect time to elect this gorgeous man into the Hot Hall of Fame. Isn't it?

  17. Jenni says:

    Barca losr just 21 games in four years with him in charge. Incredible. Good luck Pep!

  18. Catty women says:

    He's a fantastic coach who deserves all the rest in the world. Go and spend quality time with your family Pep they deserve that! Barca will still be there when the time is right for you to return, Much respect for you!

  19. Zahara says:

    i will miss him so much, so much :(
    there can never be another coach like this beautiful man.

    te echare, pep <3

  20. Mrs Guardiola says:

    I have cried so much this afternoon but ultimately Josep is doing what's right for him. He has three beautiful children who probably haven't seen much of their daddy in the last 4 years and poor Cristina was apparently worried sick about the physical toll his job was taking on him. The family must all be so happy now. Barcelona wasn't even my team, so I can't imagine how the Cules must be feeling today; my heart goes out to them.

  21. rafaela says:

    He can be my coach if you know what I mean Kickettes ;) !!!

  22. Kristina says:

    Sad, but not surprised. He's been hinting about this for a long time now. He evidently told the club in October that he wouldn't stay. I absolutely adore him and it's so hard to take. He's been an example in everything. Our fucking boss!

    I guess he's being a modern man, wanting to spend more time with his family. Plus, he's the philosopher. He needs time to think. And Tito is a PERFECT successor. From the own ranks, in accordance with the Barca-philosophy. He will be great!

    Adios Pep! I will stalk, I mean miss you forever. And stalk you. 95 % of the hotness just disappeared from the football world.

  23. Fernanda says:

    "Don't cry because it's over…Smile because it happened."

    Thanks for everything Pep!

  24. Loninha - Brasil says:

    Pep congratulations on the great work ahead of Barcelona Great, good luck in your life and God bless!

  25. chrisbarca says:

    I m really sorry about his decision but i hope he will be back some time :( :( :(

    • aisling says:

      He said in his press conference if Tito needs him he will be there and he may return in the future he just needs a rest for now :) That made me a little bit happier, Barca is not just a job to pep he lives for barca maybe a bit too much thats why he needs a break.

  26. Khaleesi_Dothraki says:

    awww shame man oh well c'est la vie he did well and wants to move on

  27. April says:

    Much luck to Pep in his time off. It's been some crazy and successful years for him, so he's nothing to prove to anyone and he can enjoy some time to rejuvenate. Hopefully we'll see him coaching again in the near future.

  28. LoveBird says:

    Pep is a classy man, top professional and a great champion but he's right in choosing to leave, even if it hurts him and the rest of us now. He just couldn't motivate our players to continue fighting when Real took the lead. If he had been able to do that, we wouldn't have lost the amount of points we did earlier this year. Maybe some cause that's the nature of things, but not that many. Like he said this has been on his mind from as early as October.

    In his place I wouldn't take it either, all that suffering beside the line, is too much. I don't want heart failure either. This season has been heartbreaking but there have been great moments too to keep the flame burning. You win some and lose some. Messi's manita, anyone?! If only Real had lost to Valencia instead of drawn, we all know this Liga would've been a different story.

    Now Tito, why Tito?! Let us all hope he is a top coach and a real man, because everybody can win with style but when you lose one or even two games in a row, and it does happen once in a while, it's only then that you see what a (wo)man is really made of. Will he (and through his lead, the team) step up to the challenge?! HOPE SO.

  29. Red_Girl says:

    Barca are not my team but I feel your pain. Just wanted to pay tribute to a classy manager. Always put his team before his own pay packet or ego. Sure he'll be back with you in some capacity or other in the future. Maybe DoF to Xavi's manager? Love from Liverpool…

  30. Sarah, Madrid says:

    Adios pep!! I get used to him scratching his bald head on the sideline in games of Liga wearing his beautiful suits, a Clasico with no awkward hand shake with Mourinho, no more Jose vs Pep! I will miss him, he hurts us a lot, but who am kidding Liga lost one hot coach and great one.

    I hope you reuion with Raul now!

  31. Fiona says:

    Gracies Pep! Barça and the world of football will miss you. I cried hysterically for one hour and although I've waved goodbye to three coaches in my time as a culé, this was by far the thoughest bite to swallow. But I believe he will be back someday. I don't think that this is it. He has changed the game more than anyone, he has made history, and after recharging his batteries he wil come back and do it all over again. I will miss seeing him on the sideline.

  32. gigi says:

    But (for me at least) Pep is as much Barcelona as Messi is. What happened to all that talk about Barca DNA? I feel bad for him in that he feels so defeated, but I also can't help but feel it's not the most honorable of decisions to leave your club when they're in the most need of your guidance. Pep runs Barca with total control so it's not so much about his players missing his strategies as it is about them missing his very central presence at a time when they must be feeling vulnerable. Well, no worries for him; no doubt he'll land on his feet somewhere, probably as a mid-season big ticket purchase for a major club.

    • Kristina says:

      Gigi, he decided, and informed the club, that he wanted to leave BEFORE he lost the league and the CL. Now he is standing by that decision, which shows an immense integrity from his side. He feels strongly that he needs to leave and I respect that no matter how much it hurts.

      • Gladys says:

        I totally agree with you about his integrity. I'm also pretty sure he would still be leaving this season even if he won one or both of those. He put off a new contract for ages. Now that he was sure his decision wouldn't effect the team's morale while they were still competing for the league and the CL, he decided to announce his decision.

      • gigi says:

        Regardless of when or how he really made the decision, I just can't help but feel somewhat disappointed that he would leave now, when obviously his men need him the most. Despite my club loyalty I've always respected Pep, so for me this retreat because he has "nothing left" is not just sad, it's quite disillusioning as well, especially when I think of how horrible this week has already been for Messi and the rest of your guys.

  33. Carolina says:

    He's a beautiful man and I'm sad to see him leave. I hope Pep gets mucho rest and relaxation!!!!!!!!!

  34. cupcakes says:

    I would have LOVED to have him up against Jose next year, trying to win the La Liga title back, but I guess when the going gets tough, the "tough" throw all their toys out of the pram and toddle crying to hide behind their Mum. Three ropey results and he throws in the towel – would Real Madrid have won El Clasico recently if they'd had the same attitude after a whole series of drubbings at Barça's hands/feet?

    Oh well, Villa will be back next year, but they've got one central defender slowly falling apart (Puyol), one slowly turning into Derek Zoolander (Pique) and one full back desperate for a big money move away to pay his divorce bill after being caught with his hand in the cookie jar (Alves) so Tito V has one huge job on his hands!!

    • Thea says:

      Pep may have quit – but hey, it's his choice and the model that Cruyff put in place that made us – hence the sucess we had before Pep took on coaching that the sucess WE WILL HAVE AGAIN in the future. Mour never stays long at any club and is just saying he will at RM because he now has the whole la liga manager thing to his egoistical self. Players always come with drama – but they get moved on soon enough if it gets out of hand. Remember Deco, Ronaldhino etc??

      • Sarah, Madrid says:

        Let takes a dig on Mourinho! Ok then.

        • Thea says:

          Well let's see if he exits RM with the same class at Pep has done for barca……………………let's put this way when he goes it will be with a lot less trophies in the cabinet for RM and that's even if he cleans up next year!!!

          • gigi says:

            If you really want to drag Mourinho into this (which is totally unnecessary), I'd just like to point out that he left each of his past clubs when they were riding high at the top. He never deserted them when they were in trouble. If he decides to leave Real Madrid after this season, he will leave them as champions of la Liga.

            • cupcakes says:

              I mention Mourinho ONLY because he's the current Real Madrid manager and who else are Barça going to be challenging for the title?

            • xoWinnie says:

              LOL of course the comment with common sense has no response. classic.

              • Kristina says:

                I answered her not so clever comment below. Again. I've been saying the same thing since this thread began. Do you get it now?

                • xoWinnie says:

                  no offense Kristina, but are you and Thea the same person? because you're not who i was referring to here, so…keep it moving.

                  • Kristina says:

                    It sure did look as if you were commenting Gigi,saying that her comment had "common sense". So I informed you that I just answered her "common sense" with more common sense.

                    • xoWinnie says:

                      her comment IS common sense. what she said about Mourinho is true, regardless of the circumstances under which Pep is leaving. i'm just saying that perhaps Thea should back her own comments up, which she seldom does after making inflammatory comments.

            • Kristina says:

              You really don't listen do you? Pep decided to leave BEFORE things got rough. You people are dead set on throwing shit on Pep on a the basis of a totally false notion. Why couldn't you just have let this thread have been a respectful one? What good would a washed up Pep do to Barca anyway? He leaves because ha has nothing left. And he leaves the team in good hands. What more can you ask?

          • Sarah, Madrid says:

            What are you talking about? He did exist Porto, inter with class, Chelsea as well, proofs their fans still sings his name..
            Pep situation is totally different than Jose! You are the one who is comparing to make Pep looks better, although there is no need for this!
            News flash: you can defend pep without mentioning Jose, you can praise messi without dissing cristano, it Is possible for future use!

            • Utd Girl says:

              Couldn't have said it any better! Mourinho should NOT even mentioned in this! It's about Pep. Stop with the compare/contrast! It's annoying when some people have to bring down another person to make themselves feel better.

              *As much as I hate Barcelona, I have much respect for Pep. He has done so many great things for this club (except for causing heartbreak in 2 CL finals for me). Good luck in the future!

            • DebS says:

              Well said, as always, Sarah!

          • Kristina says:

            Well, that's the truth. Go Thea!

        • xoWinnie says:

          Seriously…cannot even bid their coach a heartfelt farewell without obsessing over Mourinho and Madrid. As if they have anything to do with this. To quote Regina George "And I'd be like…why are you so obsessed with me?" It's not healthy, Thea. Mourinho prevailed this season. It's football, the tides change. To quote many Barca fans over the last few years, "get over it".

          • Maran says:

            Well ladies, there exists a true rivalry between these two teams that is evident in every thread. Plus, nothing can exist without it's opposite. Pep: classy, well behaved, sportsmanlike. MOUR: disgraceful, pokes people in the eye, disrespectful of other teams. There you have it. Plus you love to hate MOUR. And you love to love Pep.

            Pep is unique. He will be sorely missed. He had a vision that many thought was childish. He wanted to refine the Barca style. He wanted to play beautiful AND effective. He succeded. I think when things cool down and it is no longer fashionable to hate Barca, Pep will be recognized as the legend he already is.

            • xoWinnie says:

              blah blah blah…explain to me what any of that has to do with this post and the fact that Pep is leaving? why is Mourinho relevant here? oh, that's right, he's not.

              • Thea says:

                For someone who so insistent that it's a off-bounds topic – you keep bringing it up!

                • xoWinnie says:

                  because that's where the thread went, smartass. comment back when you can formulate a proper argument.

                  • Kristina says:

                    Yeah, and you have absolutely nothing to do with ey?

                    • xoWinnie says:

                      explain to me how this comment makes sense and I'll comment back with something of substance.

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Of course you pop here to throw your insults over Jose, I was wondering where are you? hmmm you know if I want can I compare pep to del bosque? because if I does, del bosque is one of the classiest coaches out there, pep is of course classier than Jose, but for me he still had some shares of out of line comments so in comparsion to Del Bosque I don't think if him as classy. Del bosque never went to a rivalry bench and insulted them, del bosque didn;t crowd a referee in a game, he didn't insulted a rivalry coach in a press, he didn't complain about the pitch…the list goes on!

              You know if we all can be playing the comparsion game…

              • Maran says:

                Del Bosque is a very fine man, one of the best, but unfortunately (or fortunately) not a part of the Greek drama this seasons La liga has been. It has been drama on the higher level and wether you want it or not, Pep and Jose, and Messi and Ronaldo, has had the leading roles in it. It's been fascinating to watch. If you want to sum up Pep's career as a coach so far you can't get past his arch enemy. And I think the same will go for Messi and Ronaldo. They will never be quit the comparisons. How often does it happen that not one, but two such fantastic footballer comes forth at the same time?

                And yes, I do love bashing Jose.

                • Sarah, Madrid says:

                  Not really, not that everyone does make the right thing to do, as the only reason these 2 are compared to make each side look better or worse! For me, I don't' need to disrespect Barcalona or Pep or Messi to know how good of coach is Jose or team is RM or Cristano as player that's me.
                  Btw, it is not like I wouldn't love to be spending every thread bashing players such as Alves or the fact I really don't like Barcelona as a club at all, but I won't bash them as I don't need too, but you know as you wish, bash him as long you want as long it makes you happy!

      • mintmocha says:

        Thea, it doesn't do well to reply to bitter commenters. Some of them have taken to their coach's personality too seriously. They think it's funny when they dish dirt out but they turn around and get angry when the same courtesy is showed to them. Don't bother replying to people who are obviously only here to pick fights.

        • Thea says:

          thanks – I'm so done with the thread now!!

          Time to move on to Euro 2012 – maybe we can unite then!!

          • xoWinnie says:

            maybe if you didn't constantly start sh1t you couldn't back up and then hit the road when the counter-arguments can flowing in, this wouldn't be happening. glad you're "over it" though.

    • Fiona says:

      What the hell is wrong with you? If you had any idea what you're talking about, you wouldn't be saying this. Pep decided to leave in OCTOBER, because he felt that he doesn't have the energy appropriate for this job and thinks Tito will be able to give more. He's not crying behind his mum. He wouldn't have achieved what he has if that was the kind of person he is. How DARE you write nonsense like that? About Pep, about Puyol and Pique and Dani and Tito.

      • Thea says:

        Thanks Fiona – it's totally uncalled for! There has been concerns from his family for his health!

      • cupcakes says:

        How DARE I?

        You know, especially when a blogger has asked for comments on their post! If you don't like opposing viewpoints I hear North Korea is particularly nice this time of year.

        Oh, and Puyol is 34 and has been injured for a large chunk of the year. Pique has been dropped on multiple occasions (by PEP GUARDIOLA!) over his decline in form. It's also well known that Dani Alves would move for the right price and almost refused to sign his most recent contract extension because he wanted more money. The Barça fans are also some of the most demanding on Earth – both for results and the style in which they're acquired – so Tito has taken on a huge challenge.

        Don't let the facts hit you on the way out…

        • Thea says:

          Ladies – nobody knows the future and we can argue back and forth forever and not get anywhere because we support rival teams! Been a tough week for both teams – guess we all had our hearts set on an el classico CL final, which wasn't to be!!

          • xoWinnie says:

            no. you had YOUR heart set on a "Barca-in-the-final-despite-Madrid-so-we-could-have-something-to-gloat-about-seeing-as-the-league-is-gone" game. let's not pretend now. but now since everything seems to be crashing down at once, the only way to feel better is apparently to go on a Madrid bashing-spree. well have it your way, Thea. won't change the way the season's gone, or the facts of what's happened at the end of the day.

    • Aisling says:

      What are you on about you fool ??? More and likey Jose will be leaving Madrid aswell everyone know's he want's to go back to England . You clearly have not got a clue about bloody football !! You should Just stick to reading your celebrity gossip magazines and keep your mouth shut about football.
      All I can say is thanks to Pep for the best 4 years he has given Barca ,He really is the heart of barca ,we will be back next season with a fit squad and all are players back. And hopfully pep will come back aswell when he is ready , he deserves a break he has been under so much stress lately. I was really upset today god I could just think what I'm going to be like when Puyol and Xavi have to retire I don't even want to think about it :(

    • Gladys says:

      What a sweet name you have for such sour (and ignorant) comments.

      I'm very sad about Pep. He's given so much to the club, both as a player and a manager. But he didn't mislead anyone– we all knew he'd be leaving either this year or next. Still I, like everyone, tried to ignore the possibility. I wish him and his family the best of luck in whatever he does and where ever they go. He deserves it. Tito, himself, has had a tough year, having gone through an intense operation and long recovery. His appointment, however, seems like a good sign that he's on the mend. And the team adores him and trusts him, as well. And best of luck to the team and fellow cules out there. No team (or player for that matter) is perfect and you can't win everything. It's most important to stick by your club and enjoy the futbol they play. And thankfully, next season is always a clean slate for every team and league (heck, look at Levante).

      Lastly, I'm relieved (pleased really) it's Tito and not Bielsa. I know lots of Cules wanted him, but I felt bad at the thought of him leaving Bilbao. I want him to stay on with them, even for a little while longer. Congrats to them for advancing to the Europa final yesterday.

    • Kristina says:

      Such an ignorant comment, Cupcakes. You should not open your mouth if you don't know the details. Pep informed the club in October that he would leave. But I guess you know all about crying, being a RM fan and everything. Crying isn't for Pep. He's a man of principles. And I think it took guts to go out there and say enough is enough. He's got three kids at home and they don't wait for him you know. What's he gonna say to them? I spent your childhood whipping MOURs butt?

      • Aisling says:

        I love your comment it cheered me up ha :)

      • xoWinnie says:

        "Crying isn't for Pep" hmm, classy Pep isn't capable of expressing human emotion through tears? he should clearly be revered among us mere mortals!

        • Kristina says:

          Marking words much Winnie? Then you should have a field trip with Cupcakes initial comment, which happen to be the one I answered. I simply followed her references to "toys", and "prams" and "crying". You're an intelligent girl, you don't think we're talking about actual toys and crying now, are you? I myself intrepreted it in a way I usually do when it comes to fotball.

          • xoWinnie says:

            i am intelligent Kristina, thanks! you seem to be too! too bad a good bit of sarcasm just flew right over your head!

            • Kristina says:

              And you expected me to do what? Chuckle? Laugh? I know sarcasm. Sometimes it makes me laugh, sometimes it makes me irritated. Guess which one it was this time?

              • xoWinnie says:

                probably the same way this: " But I guess you know all about crying, being a RM fan and everything" comment made me feel? *halo*

                • Kristina says:

                  Probably the same way Barca supporters like me felt when they read Cupcakes initial comment. This was not started by Barca supporters you know. Or do you think we should just stands such comments without reacting to them? Think again. Maybe it's the same old story: Barca supporters should just shut their mouths no matter what is thrown at them, and if they don't then they're arrogant.

    • Sarah, Madrid says:

      You get a point, but he won so much for barca that they should be enternally grateful fir him and the matter should be addressed more respectfully, but you know what is interesting how his win against Chelsea in 2009 was the beginning if his era, ha lost to them he quit, it is like a closed circle!

      Anyway, won't deny his departure made me really sad, can't imagine his bench without him! A lost to Spanish football in general

      • Kristina says:

        What point Sarah? Her argument is based on the fact that she thought Pep left because Barca is losing. Fact is he informed the club in October. Now, maybe he knew already in October that they would lose OR he had already made up his mind regardless. What do you guys think? She has no point Sarah.

        • Sarah, Madrid says:

          I don't know where the fact are, the timing brings on doubts, that's my point! For me, personally no matter what his reasoning are, the guy has done alot, so noone just question him anyway and good luck for him wherever he goes.

          • Kristina says:

            At this point the timing is unimportant. If he would have told this in June, the same nasty comments would still appear. I think he is showing strength and integrity to stand by his decision. He must have known that this criticism would come. I mean, school children in Barcelona wrote songs about how much they wanted him to stay. It takes guts I tell you.

            • Sarah, Madrid says:

              Timing is important, I didn't doubt his reason, for people out there doubting it, he won 13 titles out of 16 soo all I have said if there is people out there who does timing helped them do it. I seen it, to Michel Telo song it was so adorable!
              For me being a coach of these great clubs that demand regardless you are barca or RM or United..etc takes guts, every decision you made in buying players promoting staying leaving take guts.
              Anyway, I said my two piece on the subject, I get thumbed down for showing him my good luck as well jeje.

            • xoWinnie says:

              i agree with your stance on Pep. it takes a lot of courage, integrity, and strength for Pep to keep his word and leave now when the club needs him most. however, Cupcakes is entitled to her opinion, just as Thea was when she claimed Mourinho "faked class" when he congratulated Bayern among other snide insults directed at him, comments which you were content to laugh at or agree with.

              • Kristina says:

                But her opinion is based on a false notion. And before she starts insulting people then maybe she should get the facts straight. She can say what she wants but she better be ready to get something thrown back.

                • xoWinnie says:

                  and saying Mourinho "faked class" is an accurate notion? and how would she know this? is she his close personal friend? perhaps his mistress? or better yet, his subconscious? all i'm saying is, there was no proof to what she said either, and the reaction would have been the same of worse if Mou really had behaved as a sore loser or without class, yet you laughed. so, despite everyone knowing that Pep has been planning on leaving, if Cupcakes wants to believe he's running out on the club that's her prerogative. just like you and Thea believing every bit of negative press about Mourinho or dissecting his every action to find something negative is yours.

                  • Kristina says:

                    Again Winnie, of course she can say or believe what she wants (and I mean Cupcake). But I'm still gonna bash her for it. Just like you do with Thea. It was an ignorant remark she made. Did you really expect us to not react to what is a downright lie?

                    Laughed? I agreed with Thea when she said that Mou wouldn't collect as much silverware for RM as Guardiola for Barca even if they had a clean sweep next season. Plus I think I've said that I love when Mou loses. I do. But I always believe what Mou says. Unfortunately.

                    • xoWinnie says:

                      you co-sign with pretty much every negative thing she has to say concerning Mou or Madrid, anyone who reads these comments can see that. i don't have a thing to prove as far as that goes. "the proof is in the pudding".

                    • Kristina says:

                      Of course I do, when it has to do with Mou. Because, and I'm perfectly honest with you now, I have NOTHING positive to say about Mou. There is nothing. I used to like watching RM before Mou came, but he ruins everything. See? And I'm not trying to hide my feelings about that. Before Mou, there were more friendly banter between supporters of the two rivals. But now it's a different story. There is a lot of players in RM that I like and respect, like Benz, Higuain, Casillas, Özil. But that's all.

                      This could've been a totally different thread if someone hadn't started wrongfully accusing Pep.

                    • xoWinnie says:

                      just because someone "wrongly accused Pep" doesn't mean the way to formulate a counter-argument is to bring Mourinho's name into the conversation to slander him in order to uplift Pep. He doesn't need that, the man's accomplishments at Barcelona speak for themselves. Pep leaving has nothing to do with Mou. people really need to stop making everything about him. as I'm sure I've heard (read) you say before, isn't that exactly what he wants?

                    • Kristina says:

                      Sorry, but the comparisons with Real Madrid began in the very first comment on this thread. And it wasn't a Barca supporter who wrote that.

    • Monica says:

      What exactly do you mean by Derek Zoolander?

    • hala says:

      wow

      just when I thought the comments on this site/blog couldn't be any more insipid… I'm going to assume that you were trying to be funny and the tone just didn't come off correctly. Because I really hope you are not as bitter and lacking in class as this came off as.

    • indianmuggle says:

      Pep had decided to leave ages ago. That's why there was such a big deal made out of Tito's illness. Pep wanted to make sure Tito's health would allow him to step up as the nest mister.
      Pep has won everything there was to win with FC Barcelona. How can you speak of such a respectable man and a sportsman who has given so much to football – as a player and even more as a coach in such a manner?

  35. Ali says:

    Well, the Barça supporters can do nothing but congratulate him and feel happy for all the titles he brought. The sooner or the later he would have to do that. Better for him, the club and the supporters that he did it now at their best, with his highest popularity and prestige. I'm by no means a Barcelona fan, but I say: CONGRATULATIONS PEP, thank you for the football you've shown us all and I wish the ALL THE SUCCESS in this world for you and your family wherever you are!

  36. LindaTuga says:

    Ps- that pic breaks my heart. Wish I could hug him :( xxx

    • Carolina says:

      Me too!!

    • Aisling says:

      The minute I wached this video I started crying I really never taught I would act this way. It been such an emotional few weeks for barca and its fans :( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vNflzAmUqwI

      • lornia says:

        I just watched that video I didn't know whether to cry or smile a bit of both especially that moment against chelsea when he was running up the field just made me smile, He really does live for the team :( . Some of those moments still give me goosebumps :) I taught I wouldn't be like that either but its werid how much it effects you. Us Barca fans will stick together and we will be fine :) One day I hope he will return were he belongs.

      • Zahara says:

        seriously, this has been the worst one and half weeks for barca :/
        dont worry, i cried too! alot! i never knew i would act like this too, but barca makes you emotional :D

      • Kristina says:

        Me too. t's hard.

  37. LindaTuga says:

    I am sitting here at work crying… yesterday when I heard the news I thought it was just rumors, even though I knew Pep was thinking about his future at Barca. The confirmation just numbed me… :( Gracias por tudo Pep, absolutely LOVED you as a player and as a manager. I had his posters in my room when I was a teenager (lol shows my age lol ) Take care xx

    su fan numero uno desde 93

    • Thea says:

      Please don't cry – it's not the end for either Barca or Pep! He just just needs some time to get his head together – there has been concerns over his health for some time and he's burnt out from all the pressure. When you fly so close to the sun it can happen.

      Chin up xxxx

    • Aisling says:

      It is a sad day for Barca but don't worry we will bounce back :) And pep won't be gone forever he will be back when he is ready :)

    • Zahara says:

      dont worry i cried too…so much. i thought it was a rumor too :(

  38. Thea says:

    Adios Pep – we will always love you and will miss you but you have to do what you think is best!
    Barca fans – it's the model that johan cruyff designed that made the team and that is what Pep followed and executed so well, but Tito can do the same! More that club…………….

    • Gladys says:

      Thanks for mentioning that about the team's history, Thea. One of my male friends, who's neutral about Barca, just replied "that's not a name that inspires confidence" when I mentioned the new manager. I hope Tito proves him, and any other doubters, wrong. FCB could have their pick of a host of amazing managers. There's a reason they chose Tito. I'm looking forward to next season (and to the last few games of La Liga– though it will be sad, it will also be something to watch Pep handing the reigns over to his lieutenant).

      • Aisling says:

        Tito will do well he is part of the barca system. He is liked by the players and staff and is one of pep's best friends and he has been apart of barca sucess as much as pep :) . I am glad they choose him instead of an outsider coming in :)

        • Lily says:

          How did Mou get pulled into this?

          Just thank your coach for such a successful couple of years and move on.
          No point in jabbing at other teams coaches

          Hugz to all cules!

      • Kristina says:

        I have much faith in Tito. I was VERY happily surprised when they told the news. And I agree with Gladys, it will be interesting to see their collaboration the coming last games.