Former Barcelona manager Josep "Pep" Guardiola has agreed to come aboard as head coach of FC Bayern Munich, effective at the end of this season.
This move has been rumored for a few days, but it was reported as a done deal this morning by Bild, and the club's official twitter account just confirmed. Current manager Jupp Heynckes will leave this summer, after his contract expires, and hopefully going out on a winning note.
The discussion over the past few days has been fascinating; most people are aware of the smarts and experience that Pep brings, and he's definitely managed in high-pressure environments before. But the language barrier could be a problem, and expectations will be running high (especially if Bayern finishes this year with multiple trophies, which seems likely). In the end, though, I think this is a great move. Heynckes has done a nice job and the players love him. But he'll be 68 years old by the time this season ends. He's had a wonderful career, but Guardiola seems like the perfect guy to turn the reins over to.
We'll be back with more as the reactions from players and others continue to trickle in. Stay tuned to our twitter feed at http://twitter.com/BavarianFBWorks for the latest.