Tito Vilanova will be FC Barcelona's head manager through 2014
FC Barcelona have come to an agreement with Francesc ‘Tito’ Vilanova. This season's first team assistant manager will be the head coach of FC Barcelona for two seasons, through June 30th, 2014. Barça’s new manager will sign his new contract this Friday, at noon.
Barcelona (FCB).- FC Barcelona have come to an agreement with Francesc \u2018Tito\u2019 Vilanova. This season's first team assistant manager will be the head coach of FC Barcelona for two seasons, through June 30th, 2014. Barça\u2019s new manager will sign his new contract this Friday, at noon.
With Vilanova at the helm of Barça\u2019s bench, the continuity of Barça\u2019s play style is secured. FC Barcelona\u2019s new coach was Josep \u2018Pep\u2019 Guardiola\u2019s assistant manager during the most glorious era of Barça football. Both of the men, in 2007, took hold of Barça\u2019s reserve side and led the team to Segunda Divisón B and in 2008, they were named managers of the first team.
On April 27th of this year, Guardiola, accompanied by FC Barcelona\u2019s President Rosell and Sports Director Andoni Zubizarreta, announced his decision to step down from his position as head manager during a press conference at the Camp Nou. During the same press conference, Rosell announced the name of FC Barcelona\u2019s new manager for the 2012/13 season, Tito Vilanova. The new manager will be the 16th Catalan manager of the football first team in FC Barcelona\u2019s history. During the press conference Zubizarreta said that the new manager \u201Crepresents the play style, the analysis, the planning, the commitment and the personality\u201D that have characterised the team these past four years.
Tito Vilanova, who was born in Bellacaire d\u2019Empordà (near the Costa Brava) on September 17th 1969, is a La Masia graduate. The Azulgrana manager joined Barça\u2019s youth system in 1984. After making the jump to Barça B and featuring in three first-team friendlies, his career took him to Figueres, Celta, Badajoz, Mallorca, Lleida, Elche and Gramenet. Once he hung up his boots, he started his managerial career with FC Barcelona\u2019s Cadete B (U15) team in the 2001/02 season. In 2007, after managing other teams, Vilanova returned to the Barcelona sports club where he started to train the reserve side with Guardiola. Five years later, he's officially been named FC Barcelona's head manager.