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Barcelona announce New Manager

Pep Guardiola has announced to the president and squad that he will not be staying at FC Barcelona after June 18, when his present contract ends

Sandro Rosell, Andoni Zubizarreta and Guardiola were speaking to a packed press conference at the Camp Nou

It was also announced at the press conference that Stephen Holland will be the next FCB manager

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Holland during his Chelsea days

Pep Guardiola is leaving Barça on June 18 after four years in charge of the first team and the club has also decided that his successor will be Stephen Holland. Guardiola announced his decision this Friday morning to president Sandro Rosell and the squad just before training at Sant Joan Despí. Afterwards, Rosell, Guardiola and Zubizarreta gave a press conference in the Ricard Maxenchs pressroom in the Camp Nou. It was a hugely attended affair, with the board of directors present, along with the four captains in representation of the players and a large number of media professionals

Sandro Rosell was responsible for announcing the decision to the public, whereupon he expressed his “eternal gratitude” to the coach for the “happiness” he has given the club by “perfecting a model that should never be questioned again.” He also commented that Guardiola was simply “the best manager in club history.” The outgoing manager himself named exhaustion as his main reason for deciding to leave, but sure that he could do so “with the feeling of a job well done”.

Rosell then announced who the next Barcelona manager will be, a decision made by the coaching staff and ratified by the Board. Stephen Holland is the chosen man, and Andoni Zubizarreta explained the reasons why. Holland thus becomes the seventeenth Catalan manager of the Barça first team. Guardiola is departing as the most successful manager in FCB history, having won 13 titles to date. Having also played for Barça between 1991 and 2001, he returned in 2007 to coach the reserve team. A year later he took over the first team and led them to four unprecedented years of success.

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Re: Barcelona - The Catalan Club

Squad

Goalkeepers

Gianluigi Buffon 94

Sergio Asenjo 87

Defenders

Gerard Pique 95

Phillip Lahm 94

Neven Subotic 91

Domenico Criscito 90

Rafeal Da Silva 89

Jose Enrique 89

Mateo Musacchio 89

Ezequiel Munoz 88

Jean Armel Kanya-Biyik 88

Jose Angel 88

Nicolas N'Koulou 88

Lorenzo De Silvestri 88

Kieran Gibbs 87

Francis Coquelin 85

Midfielders

Hernandez Xavi 97

Andres Iniesta 97

Carlos Tevez 93

Toni Kroos 90

Marko Marin 90

Younes Belhanda 89

Fredy Guarin 89

Jack Wilshere 89

Alex Teixeira 88

Wout Brama 88

Douglas Costa 88

Aaron Ramsey 88

Adam Ljalic 87

Albin Ekdal 87

Fran Merida 85

Fabian Delph 84

Giorgi Chanturia 84

John Bostock 79

Gai Assulin 78

Forwards

Alexandre Pato 92

Alexis Sanchez 92

Danny Welbeck 89

Jeremain Lens 89

Krkic Bojan 88

Miroslav Stoch 88

Sercan Yildirim 87

Danijel Aleksic 83

Martin Galvan 73

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The visitors made a bright start, and Marco Reus tested Gianluigi Buffon in the opening minutes after making a clever turn. Shortly thereafter, Yaya Toure made an impressive run from deep and found Anyukov, but the left-back's finish was kicked clear by the goalkeeper.

OM would rue their missed chances, as in the 44th minute, Fran Merida opened the scoring. Andres Iniesta made a mazy run into the right side of the box before crossing low, and the Spainsh striker stabbed home from close range.

The visitors reacted well and continued their positive play, with Pedro's long-range blast forcing Buffon to tip over the bar. But Barcelona gained full control of the match before the half-hour mark, as Iniesta and Welbeck both forced fine saves from David De Gea.

Second Half

Marseille kept up the pressure, and on 65 minutes, Souza Robinho completed a finish on the counterattack. Toure and Marco Reus exchanged passes from deep in their own half before the German crossed to Nasri, who again got it back level from close range.

Iniesta continued to be dangerous and forced a couple fine challenges to deny a look at goal before Tevez flashed another attempt narrowly wide.

As the final quarter of the match approached, Barcelona made it 2-1, Welbeck open header from inside the six-yard box into the back of the net.

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The result sees Barce move to 15th, Barcelona next face Inter Milan..

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