Pep Guardiola will take over as head coach of the German powerhouse Bayern Munich at the conclusion of the season.
Guardiola will replace Jupp Heynckes, who plans to retire. Guardiola’s contract will run through the summer of 2016. The appointment will end a yearlong sabbatical for Guardiola and present him with a weighty new challenge.
Rumours of Guardiola coming to the German powerhouse have been swirling around local media for weeks and Bayern made it official just a day after Guardiola expressed his desire to manage in England at some point.
“Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful coaches in the world, and we are certain that he can give a lot of luster not only to Bayern but also to German football,” Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the chairman of Bayern Munich, told the club’s Web site.