28 Apr 2012

Guardiola to quit 'Barca'

8:43 am on 28 April 2012

Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola has announced he will leave the club at the end of the season.

During a four-year tenure, he led 'Barca' to 13 football trophies, including two Champions League triumphs and three consecutive Spanish La Liga titles.

The former Spanish international took over from Frank Rijkaard of Holland in 2008 and oversaw the rise of Lionel Messi, Xavi and Iniesta.

Guardiola, 41, said on Friday that four years is an eternity for a coach of Barcelona and it wore him down. He is to be replaced by assistant Tito Vilanova.

Guardiola was presented with a gold medal by the Catalan parliament in September last year.

It is understood he will take a year away from football.

Barcelona was eliminated from the last-four in the Champions League on Tuesday by Chelsea and are poised to lose their La Liga title to Real.