Why Pep Guardiola couldn't continue at Bayern Munich – and what he leaves behind

The excitement in Germany when Pep Guardiola was named Bayern Munich's new head coach was tangible. The Bundesliga brand doubled in size overnight and social media exploded with Spanish hashtags as Bayern followed a treble-winning season by appointing the best coach in the world. And all of this, before the country had even won the World Cup in Brazil.

Three years on that feeling has all but been forgotten, replaced by a bittersweet taste. For months, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has been “optimistic” but the cloud had grown ever bigger over Guardiola's head. “Tomorrow, tomorrow,” Guardiola muttered after the win in Hannover, responding to the latest question about his future.

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