Originally posted by foreign49er:
It's not really part of any soccer culture that I'm aware of. Most people don't stay like Ferguson or Wenger because most people don't have the type of sustained success that Wenger and Ferguson have had. Just like most people don't have the type of sustained success that Dungy and Belichick have enjoyed in recent times. Mourinho is more like Parcells.
The Special One left Chelsea because he was at odds with ownership; he left Inter because he wasn't happy in Italy and would've been a fool to turn down an opportunity like the one Real Madrid gave him. Pep looks tired and things are only going down-hill for Barcelona; they're massively in debt and still not the team they were two years ago. Still one of the best but no longer the top dog even in their own league.
I agree that he'll land a top job. Depending on how Spain perform at the Euros he could even get that one.
Pep wanted a break and take a year off and then take on a new challenge. That's the reason for leaving. A lot of big clubs are in debt, but Barca has about 50-60M every year to spend on new players, and if reports are to be believe - Neymar is set to join at the end of 2013. So, club financials is hardly the reason for leaving, and Barca has plethora of young talent on their roster and youth camp - so unlike all the other big clubs, they don't need to go out and spend a lot of money.
As far as them not being as good as two years ago - that's simply is not true. This was probably the unluckiest year for the team - I read somewhere they hit a record number of times both in La Liga and in Champions League, and the only true striker they had on the team was out with injury for most of the year. I know Barca has set such a high standard that they are expected to win everything - but look at the amount of matches they have played in the last 2 years and it was bound to catch up with them.
Barca will be fine next year.