President of FC Barcelona between 2010 and 2014, Sandro Rosell returned to a significant episode of his Catalan mandate: the departure of Pep Guardiola in 2012. The former Barcelona manager supports his version according to which the departure of the coach is due to a big break in the locker room.
Ten years later, Sandro Rosell makes things clear. The former president of FC Barcelona gave himself up for the Spanish media El Periodico and returned to the departure of Pep Guardiola. In 2012, the current thinking head of Manchester City left Barça to take a sabbatical year and settle in New York with his family.
This departure was largely attributed to Sandro Rosell, president at the time. The 58-year-old leader disagrees and makes it known.
“It’s not true, says Rosell. Pep left because of an argument with the players. Because of a problem in the locker room,”
he says today. Pep Guardiola would therefore have returned his apron at the end of the 2011-2012 season because of a break with the players. Rosell therefore sweeps away the hypothesis of a dispute between him and his coach.
At the end of Guardiola’s final Barcelona season, Barça had won four titles. An end (almost) in apotheosis for Pep Guardiola with the King’s Cup, the Club World Cup, the Spanish Super Cup and the European Super Cup.
Rosell praises his record
The end of Guardiola’s tenure on the Camp Nou bench also marked the end of Barca’s golden age. Sandro Rosell left the club presidency two years later, in 2014, and was full of praise for his record:
“My four years at Barça are the best in the history of the club. In section titles, in silver earned, in created heritage, in social function, in the Foundation… These are the best. These are data. You can say: ‘I don’t like Rosell, I can’t stand it.’ But objective data of my management are published and audited on the official Barça website. I have never defended myself, but the numbers are what they are. From 2010 to 2020, going through the pandemic, were the best years of the game. history of the club.”
Under the presidency of Sandro Rosell, FC Barcelona won ten titles in the space of four years, including one Champions League and two Spanish league titles.
Source: RMC Sport