Guardiola, 47, crafted one of the greatest club sides in history when he was installed as head coach from 2008-12. Prior to his decision to take a sabbatical year ahead of moving to Germany’s Bayern Munich, the Catalans swept up three La Ligas, two Champions Leagues, two FIFA Club World Cups, two Copa del Reys, three Supercopa de Espanas and two UEFA Super Cups.
“As a coach it’s over, because I’m not the same, nor is their look towards me the same,” Guardiola told TV3 about the club for whom he was also attached as a player from 1984-2001.
Guardiola was also pressed about whether he would ever return in a higher position.
He replied: “President? No, I’m a coach and I’m good at my job, you can not be good at all of them.
“When I’m done, you’ll find me playing golf.”
Barcelona have brought the start of their pre-season forward to Wednesday, July 11, the club confirmed on Saturday.
Ernesto Valverde will meet with his players, who have not participated in summer’s World Cup at the Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper on that day, where they will undergo physical and medical tests.
The rest of the players will be joining up at later dates.
The Spanish giants will travel to the US on July 25, where they will play three friendlies as part of the International Champions Cup. On July 28, at Los Angeles’ Rose Bowl, they take on Tottenham Hotspur, and then AS Roma in Dallas three days later. They will then end their tour with a match against AC Milan on August 4 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
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8:30pm – Pre-season training start date has been revealed
July 11 will be the date when Ernesto Valverde will meet his players for the first time in pre-season training. Players who have been involved at the World Cup will report at a later date. More on the story here.
01:47pm – Barcelona’s pursuit of Clement Lenglet under threat
According to Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho has picked out the Sevilla defender as a cheaper option to Toby Alderweireld.
12:55pm – Thiago didn’t leave Barcelona for more money
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