La Blaugrana’s assistant coach will take the reins at the Nou Camp in wake of Pep Guardiola deciding against renewing his contract with the Catalans.
As Barcelona’s current head coach, Pep Guardiola, is bound to depart from the Nou Camp at the end of the current season, his assistant, Tito Vilanova, is set to become the new manager for the Catalan giants.
Vilanova has served as Guardiola’s assistant throughout his time as manager of the Spanish giants, and is likely to continue his philosophy at the club.
In a statement made by Barca’s sporting director, Andoni Zubizarreta, it was announced that Vilanova will become Guardiola’s successor at the Nou Camp.
Zubizarreta stated that appointing someone who is familiar with the club and has served under Pep is the right decision to make.
He exclaimed that instead of looking for other managers across Europe, it is in the club’s advantage to appoint someone who is well-aware of the Catalan outfit’s principles.
The director heaped praise over the new Barca head coach and claimed that he is well-capable of keeping up with the club’s current success rate.
While addressing the press, Zubizarreta was quoted as saying:
"When Pep said that he would not stay, at first we couldn't believe it. But he always told me that the most important thing is to continue with the game. Who replaced him was a difficult decision. One day I asked: Tito has been working here with us, so why
not Tito? He represents the game and is analytical.
"He puts in all the hours until he sleeps and he has the personality that we need to lift us. He's different to Pep, but Tito's the one. We've always looked in house. We have Tito - it's simple. We needn't go out on the market."
Although it may appear to be a good decision by the current UEFA Champions League title holders, it is impossible to predict how things will turn out for the club under Tito Villanova.