Rijkaard until 30th June; Guardiola to take over
This Thursday the Board of Directors agreed that Frank Rijkaard will leave the Club at the end of the season. Barça B coach, Josep Guardiola, will take over the reins of the first team after 30th June.
Speaking at a press conference held after this afternoon’s Board meeting, Club president Joan
Laporta announced the decision to relieve the Dutch coach of his duties and praised the
contribution he has made over the last few seasons: “He’s done an excellent job and
behaved excellently. We will remember
as the coach who led the recovery of the team and in three years took it to the glory of
"An exceptional record"
Laporta describe Frank Rijkaard’s record with the first team as
“exceptional”: two Spanish league titles, two Super Cups and a Champions League title.
He stressed that Rijkaard’s achievements “should not be obscured by the results of the
last two seasons”. He added: “We can conclude that Frank Rijkaard has made
The end of a cycle
Joan Laporta explained that although Frank Rijkaard still had a year left on his contract, it
was time for a change: “It’s the end of a cycle and the results haven’t gone our
way. It’s proof that the mistakes we detected last year haven’t been corrected”.
Guardiola, renewed continuity
The president also spoke about
, the man who will take over from Frank Rijkaard next season: “We believe in Guardiola
to lead the new sporting project. He guarantees renewed continuity in the footballing style that
has given us success”.
Referring to Guardiola’s capacity to take on the task, Laporta told reporters: "He has
the knowledge, the enthusiasm, the self confidence and the love for the Club that are
necessary”. Guardiola will be officially unveiled later on, when Barça B finish their
participation in the play-offs to Second Division B.
The Board’s decision to appoint Guardiola was taken unanimously.
A moment for self-criticism
Mr Laporta, who announced that the season and the players would be evaluated at the end of
the season, also accepted some of the blame for the way the season has gone: “I am also
responsible. I’m sure we haven’t made the right decisions. Decisions have been taken
that just didn’t work
"The players haven’t responded to the hopes we, and the coach, had in them. We had put
together one of the best squads in the world”.