Barcelona quick to replace Guardiola27/04/2012 - 13:07:25
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell has announced that Pep Guardiola’s assistant Tito Vilanova is to step up into the top job.
Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta felt promoting from within, as they did with Guardiola, was the best way forward.
He said: “We’ve always said that if the team needs players, we look at home first (Barca B). Who do we have here at home? Tito.”
The move to name a replacement so swiftly was a surprise with speculation in Spain linking the likes of Ernesto Valverde, Laurent Blanc and Marcelo Bielsa with the position once it became clear Guardiola was heading for the exit.
Guardiola endorsed the move. He said: ``I think the club has taken the best decision possible.
“He is more than capable. The players know him. He will make few changes. He will give the club and these players something that I thought I could no longer give.
“I could have continued but is not what Barca would have deserved.”
Rosell hailed Guardiola’s contribution and backed Vilanova to continue Barca’s success.
He said: “Pep always takes the best decision for this club. It was his decision and it’s a personal one and an understandable one.
“We hope to follow the inheritance that Pep leaves us with the best we can. He has made us proud.
“Now we can confirm that Tito Vilanova will be our new coach. This was a decision taken by Andoni Zubizarreta and it has been ratified today by our executive committee.
“Tito and Andoni will now work on next season’s planning and I am sure they will do a good job.”
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