Next stop Chelsea Guardiola set to tell Barca he's leaving after crushing Euro blow
18:21 GMT, 26 April 2012
Pep Guardiola is set to leave Barcelona when his contract expires at the end of the season, according to reports from Spain.
The 41-year-old saw his dream of becoming the first coach to retain the Champions League evaporate on Tuesday when his side were beaten by Chelsea.
And with the La Liga title effectively handed to Real Madrid after last weekend's El Clasico defeat, Guardiola is set to call time on his four-year, trophy-laden reign at around 12pm local time on Friday.
End of the road Pep Guardiola is reportedly set to quit on Friday as manager of Spanish giants Barcelona
He held a three-hour meeting with Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Thursday, at which he made it clear he planned to step down, according to several reports in Spain.
Although the Spaniard is also said to have stated his intention to take a break from the game, that is unlikely to stop Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich pulling out all the stops to tempt him to Stamford Bridge.
Misery: Barcelona were dumped out of the Champions league by Chelsea on Tuesday night
Guardiola remains a top target for the Russian, despite Roberto Di Matteo enjoying such success in his role as caretaker manager.
Manchester City would also be interested in luring him to England if Roberto Mancini fails to land the Premier League title.
Guardiola has only ever signed a twelve-month deal at the Catalan giants and speculation has been rife
that he would end his tenure this year.
Are you watching, Roman Roberto Di Matteo (above) has led the Blues to the Champions League final
Speaking after the game with Chelsea on Tuesday, Guardiola said: 'I will speak with Tito [Vilanova, assistant manager] and see what we have to do.
'Right now, we need to talk more about the emotion of our players and how they recover because there are many players that have been playing a long time.
'We have to go to Rayo Vallecano [this weekend]. We are still Barca. We have to continue doing things as we usually do them.
'So we will talk to the president as well and we will talk about everything – the situation what happened in these days and of course we will take a decision because it is time to take a decision now.'
Main man: Guardiola has won 13 trophies in his four years in charge
Guardiola stepped up from Barca B
manager to first-team boss in 2008 and has gone on to become the most
successful coach in the club's illustrious history.
He has led the azulgrana to two
Champions League crowns, three La Liga trophies, one Copa del Rey, three
Supercopas, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.
He will have the chance to add
another next month when his side take on Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del
Rey final in Madrid.