Guardiola: "There's nowhere like here"
In his first press conference of the pre-season, Pep Guardiola insisted he would stay in charge “for as long as I feel strong enough”. The boss also spoke of his recent meetings with President Rosell and Johan Cruyff.
Guardiola, who signed a new one year
last week, declared: "I’m very happy to stay here for another season. I want to
continue doing a good job and to make the fans proud of what we are doing” Pep also promised
the fans “hard work and dedication”.
One year contract
Guardiola explained his reasons for signing on for just one more
season: “I work better with short contracts. I need to know that things are working –
that we are working well. I can’t really see any difference in signing for one year or for
four and I’d like to thank the board for accepting this. If everything goes well and I feel
strong enough, I’ll stay on for another season again, but if I see things aren’t
working out in a year, then I’ll leave”.
"I’m very satisfied and happy with the support the new board has shown. I know people
think it was a done deal, but I’m very proud that they offered me another year in
charge”, claimed Guardiola, who also thanked ex-technical secretary Txiki Begiristain and
ex-President Joan Laporta for the confidence they’d shown in him. “I’d never be
as well off as I am here, It’s as if I’m at home. I’ve worked with the reserves
and now with the first team”.
"I’ve been here for many years and I would never do anything to deceive the club, When
Rosell offered me a six year contract and talked about stability, I told him that the stability was
in the institution, not in the coach”.
As to the possibility of an automatic contract renewal, Guardiola
repeated: “if we’re good and everything’s gone well, then why not continue? But
football can change; we can have a bad season. It’s not a matter of my staying if we win a
trophy or leaving if we don’t. It’s down to how the players respond. If I see one day
that I can get nothing more from them, then it’s time to leave. I don’t see things
working out like they did last season – there were elections ahead then, but now we have a
new president for six years and it can be sorted out over a coffee: ‘I feel fine, lets
continue’ or ‘I don’t like how things are working, it’s better to break
Quizzed over his and his assistant Tito Vilanova’s salary -
details of which have recently appeared in the media: "I knew that could happen. I can’t
control it. Yes I’ll be well paid now and I have been for the last two years”
Responding to rumours as to disagreements with Sr Rosell over his conditions, Guardiola responded:
“I reached an agreement with the new President very quickly and if we didn’t sign
earlier it was simply because he had so many things to see to when he came in”.
Asked as to the extent of his influence over the club’s sporting structure, Guardiola
replied: "I feel part of the club’s sporting organigram, but it’s the club which
decides. I give my opinion and the President listens. I listen to him and then we decide
what’s best, but it’s the club which has the final word. I’m just a club man,
even if it sometimes looks like I’m the captain of the ship and I have all the keys – I
don’t decide everything, just that which is my responsibility”.
Johan Cruyff was also the subject of questions from the media and Pep
insisted: “he’s never far away for me, because I have him there when I need advice.
I’ve taken a lot from Cruyff, as he took a lot from Michels”. As to the recent
controversy surrounding the figure of the club’s honorary president, Guardiola tried to
smooth things over, insisting: “he’s a vital person. Something was done badly and I
understand that the President spoke with him. Neither the club nor Johan deserve this and I have no
doubt that he will be a part of this club”.