Pep Guardiola has told Barcelona he will leave the club at the end of the season, according to reports on Thursday evening.
The Barca boss has guided the Catalan giants to two Champions League titles in his four seasons with the club as well as a host of other trophies.
But the former Barca star's future has been a source of constant of speculation for months and Sky Sports claim the 41-year-old is understood to have finally confirmed he intends to bring his time at the club to an end.
A joint press conference will be held by Guardiola and Barcelona president Sandro Rosell on Friday morning at 11am.
The decision comes after Barcelona's sensational exit from the Champions League at the hands of Chelsea in Tuesday's semi-final.
Speculation in Catalonia on Thursday morning suggested the former Spain and Barca midfielder was giving serious consideration to quitting.
Speaking after the game with Chelsea on Tuesday, Guardiola said: "I will speak with Tito [Vilanova, assistant manager] and see what we have to do.
"Right now, we need to talk more about the emotion of our players and how they recover because there are many players that have been playing a long time.
"We have to go to Rayo Vallecano [this weekend], we are still Barca, we have to continue doing things as we usually do them.
"So we will talk to the president as well and we will talk about everything - the situation what happened in these days and of course we will take a decision because it is time to take a decision now."
Guardiola stepped up from Barca B manager to first-team boss in 2008 and has gone on to become the most successful coach in the club's illustrious history.
He has led the azulgrana to two Champions League crowns, three La Liga trophies, one Copa del Rey, three Supercopas, two UEFA Super Cups and two FIFA Club World Cups.
Hello, regular commenting on Orange News and Sport pages closes on Thursday 30 May 2013. We will continue to provide a commenting facility on major news and sport events on orangeworld.co.uk. Contact us via http://oran.ge/OWfeedback if you have any further questions. Thanks.
what do you think?
stay were you are pep your loss will be bad for the club.
He should stay with Barca, where else will be big or good enough for him? Chelsea maybe? Pep at the Bridge; that'll do for me!
He wont fancy Chelskie, with no champions league next season.
no thankyou. Roberto for the bridge. never seen so much passion as i have in the last 6 weeks
Best Club in the World, Best Players in the World made by the Best Manager in the World - Indisputable!
He is going to spurs. The second best club on the planet. I wish.
In your dreams, Spurs will finish 6th...
Spurs can't finish 6th cos that's where chelski will finish.
rocco hunter must be arsenal supporter
Stay with Barca, you'll not be able to win any trophies with another team!!! You are not like Mourinho!!!
Why not come to Arsenal,
thats the england job sorted then
Mancini is now sweating...
I hear the England Job is still available.....
If he got the job for england and got them to play like barca!!! One can only dream!
lol yes can really see John Terry and Wayne Rooney playing football like that!!!
he will fail to win anything anywhwere else,,,, no messy...no money ...no chance...
This comment has been removed for violations of our Terms and Conditions.
we don`t want him at "the toon" cos we`ve got alan pardew!!
Damn, I bet Cesc is feeling a bit miffed now. He left Arsenal to win trophies with his boyhood club under his boyhood hero. 9 months later Barca are out of the CL and the race for La Liga. If Pep comes to Arsenal, maybe he can bring Cesc back with him?.....