Pep hires ex-Barca staff for Bayern
Pep Guardiola has brought several of his former Barcelona colleagues to Germany as he prepares to begin work as Bayern Munich head coach next week.
The Spaniard has recruited Domenec Torrent to be one of his assistants and another Spaniard, Lorzen Buenaventura, to be his fitness coach as part of the new regime at the reigning European and Bundesliga champions.
Die Welt reports that Manuel Estiarte will make the move from the Camp Nou to the Allianz Arena as a consultant, while there will also be a role for Guardiola's brother and agent, Pere, in Bavaria.
However, the two-times Champions League-winning coach will also retain some of the staff who helped guide outgoing boss Jupp Heynckes to the Treble last season.
Long-standing coach Herman Gerland, 59, who has developed the likes of Holger Badstuber, Thomas Muller or David Alaba in the club's youth academy, will work as one of the assistant coaches. Video analyst Michael Niemeyer will also remain at the club and he will team up with Lars Kornetka, who was recruited from Schalke earlier this month.
That move has angered general manager Horst Heldt, who this week renewed his criticism of the way Bayern handled the transfer.
"[Bayern general manager Matthias] Sammer poaches our video analyst. Half a year before the end of his contract, without informing us – ridiculous," Heldt was quoted as saying during the fan meeting. "Can't they train their own video analysts at Bayern? I am glad I could help."
Guardiola's first public appearance as Bayern boss will be his first press conference next Monday, which will be broadcast live on several television stations in Germany. His brother has revealed that the coach has been working "like a madman" to learn the German well enough to greet the media in their native tongue.
The following Wednesday, Guardiola will take his first training session, which has been moved to Bayern's stadium in order to accommodate the 25,000 fans expected to come and watch.