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Bayern Munich to appoint Pep Guardiola

Posted: 16 January 2013 Time: 18:33

Bayern Munich have announced that Pep Guardiola will take over as manager at the end of the Bundesliga season.

It is something of a surprise move for the former Barcelona manager, who had been linked with English Premier League sides Chelsea and Manchester City, and said today that he relished the “challenge” of coaching in England.

“FC Bayern today announces that head coach Jupp Heynckes has decided to retire when his current contract expires on 30 June 2013,” a statement on Bayern’s website reveals. “In his place, the club has appointed Pep Guardiola as head coach for three years from 1 July 2013.”

Guardiola has been on a season-long sabbatical since leaving Barca in May 2012, after winning 14 trophies – including two Champions League titles.

Bayern chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said: "Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world and we are sure that he can make not just Bayern, but all of German football shine."

Bayern are currently nine points clear at the top of the Bundesliga, and are up against Arsenal in the last 16 of the Champions League next month.

Previous comments on this story...

Theo wale khozi
posted: 06:42 pm
Incredible news for pep & munich nw its time to prove him self whether he is a great coach or barca made him look great
posted: 07:08 pm
pepp is the best
eric rafael 21
posted: 07:21 pm
buryen munich will be unstoppable... Go0d move coach.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 07:31 pm
Guardiola what the hell man? Not Bayern man not Bayern eishhhhhhh. Wanted you in England not Germany
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 07:34 pm
Anyways, you're still the best
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 07:51 pm
Pep is gonna prove if he's the best or not. Messi is the one who's left now
posted: 07:55 pm
We'll c, only time will tell
posted: 08:45 pm
One of the best club coaches coaching,in my view, in the most competitive and exciting league in Europe if proper football is what you prefer
posted: 09:59 pm
M nt convinved tht pep is in de same level with jose morinho. He ws lucky to coach a team of world class players, i cud hv done bettr at barca bcos of d quality tht is thr
posted: 10:37 pm
He's afraid of going to a more competitive league with more viewers, better players and coaches.
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posted: 12:56 am
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posted: 02:02 am
He is only lucky to inherit good players .not a good coach compare with the only one.
posted: 02:16 am
Pep z coward!dat league z nt competitive!y nt chelsea?
posted: 06:27 am
All the best to Pep, it remain to be seen that he is the best manager or Barcelona is a team that any one can coach and achieve.
posted: 08:07 am
Imagine Bayern vs Barca in the Champions league. I agree with @Skholo Barca success is based on the system and the quality of players. Infact they can still achieve playing without a coach.
9000 Seconds (Precision Engineering)
posted: 08:08 am
Dortmund is going to give you a serious headache............. German Bundesliga........precision engineering
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 08:15 am
There is no much a difference to the Barca style of play and Bayern's way of doing things. They both tiki taka opponents, so i forsee a bright future for this gentleman.
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:24 am
There is no Messi in the Bayern camp! Success rate for this coach may drop... but he is a brand already, and players need no extra motivation playing under him, which is something to his advantage!
posted: 08:38 am
even though @barcelona he had the best players in the world but i'm sure he can do well @baryen munich bcos those players have been together for a while that team doesn't sell a lot i will only judge him on the champions league .... up the bucs
posted: 08:43 am
@ Theo wale Khosi

I just think Barca made him look like a good coach
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