Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola put an end to all the speculation linking him with a dozen different new jobs on Wednesday as he confirmed he will join Bayern Munich at the end of the 2012-13 season.
Needless to say his decision and subsequent announcement had the inhabitants of the football world chattering madly amongst themselves about Pep, covering everything from his choice of country to how many Barcelona players would follow him to Munich.
Current head coach Jupp Heynckes will retire at the end of the season, with Guardiola taking charge immediately thereafter on a three-year contract with the Bundesliga club. Bayern currently sit atop the table and are nine points clear, so there is every likelihood that Pep will be taking over a title-winning side for his second top-flight job in the game.
Here's a total recall of all the best reaction from Twitter:
Bayern Munich's official club account broke the news first, on Jan. 16.
It wasn't long before the likes of Franz Beckenbauer had his say on the decision, while a whole host of other players and coaches weighed in with their views too.
Jupp is a great coach, but if he wants to leave by the end of the season, Pep Guardiola is the best decision. Congratulations @fcbayern!— Franz Beckenbauer (@beckenbauer) January 16, 2013
Vilanova: "I didn't know about Guardiola, seems there was a confidentiality clause. Happy he returns to the game, Bayern is a great club."— barcastuff (@barcastuff) January 16, 2013
Q: What do you think about Guardiola going to Bayern? Wenger: 'We'll need a good performance [in CL] now we're up against two managers'— Sam Wallace (@SamWallaceIndy) January 16, 2013
"If it were purely down to money, then Bayern Munich would have had no chance," club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of Pep Guardiola— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) January 17, 2013
Rummenigge says that Guardiola is already learning German for several weeks. They have already agreed terms last year.— Daniel B. (@dan_bu) January 17, 2013
Media outlets all over Europe quickly took up the challenge of analysing the new route for the former Barcelona boss and what the implications were for other teams and coaches.
Wow. Bayern Munich confirm Pep Guardiola will coach them next season. Three-year contract. See @fcbayern— Oliver Kay (@OliverKayTimes) January 16, 2013
Former Barcelona player Luis Enrique is one of candidates to become Guardiola's assistant. Juanma Lillo and Roberto Baggio also named. [md]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) January 17, 2013
It's expected that Guardiola's right-hand man Estiarte and physical coach Buenaventura, who left Barcelona last year, will join Bayern. [md]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) January 17, 2013
Nice cool, minimalist boast about Guardiola on the Bundesliga's website:"Europe’s best league is now even better."— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 17, 2013
Not had my say on Guardiola to Bayern yet. But I must say, I think it makes sense every single way you want to look at it.— Sam Lyon (@sampatricklyon) January 17, 2013
Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich move sends Spanish media into meltdown | Sid Lowe gu.com/p/3d67n/tw— Sid Lowe (@sidlowe) January 17, 2013
Guardiola's agent confirmed contacts with both Milan and Roma,amongst the others,and made understand that some contacts were extremely close— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 16, 2013
Guardiola would have choose the contract with lowest wages at Bayern compared to ones already offered by City/Chelsea,according to Sky Italy— Tancredi Palmeri (@tancredipalmeri) January 16, 2013
Guardiola to Bayern shows that confidentiality is still possible in football. Even Mourinho was convinced he'd go to Man City.— Paul Hayward (@_PaulHayward) January 16, 2013
Pep Guardiola keeps English football waiting. bbc.in/VKLzyV— Ben Smith (@BenSmithBBC) January 16, 2013
If the rumours that Raul will work with Guardiola at FC Hollywood, it will be one of the most curious things I have heard of— Fernando Duarte (@Fernando_Duarte) January 16, 2013
Great result for Southampton to comeback to 2 all. Rafa P45 coming but looks like Bayern Munich have got Guardiola .Roman won't be happy— Lord Sugar (@Lord_Sugar) January 16, 2013
Guardiola's own quotes about the appointment were also posted to add to the occasion.
Guardiola: "Like I said when I started at Barça, I didn't go into the job thinking about winning titles. The idea is to enjoy the game."— barcastuff (@barcastuff) January 17, 2013
Guardiola: "I missed the game itself, figuring out how a team plays and how you can beat them, deciding on which players to select." [fifa]— barcastuff (@barcastuff) January 17, 2013
As one of the game's most successful managers over the past five years, there is no surprise in the amount of commotion that his return to football has caused.
Bayern Munich will be hoping he can bring plenty of that success to Germany next season, especially in Europe. If he does, then an already-formidable outfit will really become the one team to beat during 2013-14.
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