Every club wants to unearth their own Pep Guardiola. Barcelona started something when they appointed their former midfielder as coach in 2008 despite having just 12 months experience in charge of their B team.
It was a gamble but it paid off for the Catalans. Spectacularly. Under Guardiola’s watch, Barça claimed 14 trophies in four years. Not only did he win three consecutive LaLiga titles, he added two Champions Leagues to the Camp Nou trophy cabinet.
That single appointment changed modern-day football.Not only did teams look to adopt Barcelona’s style of play, owners started to take risks by appointing club legends. In previous decades this sort of thing was the norm but the game evolved.