Brescia president Corioni: I knew Guardiola was leaving Barcelona

Brescia president Gino Corioni knew Pep Guardiola would be stepping down as Barcelona coach yesterday. The pair are close from Guardiola's time with the Serie B club.

Brescia president Gino Corioni knew Pep Guardiola would be stepping down as Barcelona coach yesterday.

The pair are close from Guardiola's time with the Serie B club.

“Guardiola had already told me he would take a year out,” Corioni told TMW.

“Pep is a very intelligent man and had understood after four years he had no more motivation, so winning wouldn’t have made a difference. He seemed thoroughly relaxed and normal.

“At this moment it is very likely he will stay out for a year and not work for a big club. I think he’d prefer to train a national team instead.

“Pep had already hinted he had decided not to train any more, while his assistant manager still had a Barcelona contract and could therefore be his replacement. Barça look for an internal solution.

“I don’t think it’ll be a huge problem for Barcelona, as the players are there. Pep made them play the best football and I don’t think anyone can do better at Barça. Poetry and sentiment are important, but so are the results.”

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