Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola will take over as Bayern Munich head coach for the 2013/14 season, the Bundesliga giants confirmed Wednesday, with the Spaniard offered a contract until 2016.
The 41-year-old Guardiola, who has twice coached Barcelona to the Champions League title, will replace current Munich boss Jupp Heynckes, whose contract expires in June, just after his 68th birthday. Guardiola, who is currently living in New York with his family, resigned as Barcelona coach last year after four years in charge of the Spanish giants.
Bayern have signed one of the most successful coaches in football as Guardiola has won 14 Spanish league and cup titles with Barcelona as a player, then a coach. Premier League side Chelsea were one of several English clubs who had been linked to the Spaniard in recent weeks, a fact the Bavarian giants were quick to point out.
"We are very pleased that we have succeeded in securing the signature of football expert Pep Guardiola, who was being courted by many clubs," enthused chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "Pep Guardiola is one of the most successful trainers in the world and we are sure he will lend plenty of glamour, not just to Bayern, but also to German football."
Heynckes has told Bayern he will not be extending his contract past June.
Sunderland went out of the FA Cup to second-tier Bolton Wanderers after losing their third-round replay 2-0 on Tuesday, while Fulham celebrated the narrowest of narrow escapes against Blackpool.
Sunderland have enjoyed an upsurge in Premier League fortunes in recent weeks, moving six points clear of the relegation zone, but they joined north-east rivals Newcastle United in falling at the first hurdle in the cup.
England Under-21 striker Marvin Sordell was the match-winner at the Reebok Stadium, striking twice in the space of nine second-half minutes to earn Bolton a home game with Everton in the fourth round.
Fulham skipper Brede Hangeland scored the winner with four minutes left to secure a 2-1 win. Fulham will now meet either Manchester United or West Ham United, who lock horns in a replay at Old Trafford late on Wednesday.
Chelsea, meanwhile, will face a trip to third-tier Brentford in the fourth round after the League One outfit saw off Southend United 2-1.