Barcelona board unsettled by Pep Guardiola return

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Former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is to spend his Easter holidays back in Catalonia but, according to reports, the hierarchy at the Camp Nou are concerned his visit home will be for business, not pleasure.

Spanish newspaper Marca claims the Barcelona board are unsettled by the return of Guardiola, with a feeling that the 42-year-old is back in the city in an attempt to persuade some of his former coaching staff to follow him to Bayern Munich.

Guardiola officially begins duties at the Allianz Arena on July 1 and, as of yet, has not officially added anyone to his backroom team. Barcelona reportedly fear he wants to recruit video analysis experts Domènec Torrent and Carles Planchart - both of whom he employed at the Camp Nou.

The deals of Torrent and Planchart both expire at the end of the season, while several other members of Tito Vilanova's coaching staff will also be out of contract in June, providing Guardiola with a potential opportunity to handpick a new team from his ex-employers.

Fitness coaches Francesc Cos and Paco Seirulo will also reportedly be available come the end of the season, as will physiotherapists Emili Ricart, Juanjo Brau and Roger Gironés, although it is unclear if Guardiola has made any approaches for his former colleagues.

Barcelona, meanwhile, have welcomed back manager Tito Vilanova - Guardiola's former assistant - after he spent two months in New York undergoing treatment after suffering a relapse in his battle to overcome cancer.

Vilanova will not immediately return to his position as the club's head coach, but will gradually be reintegrated, with Barcelona having been managed by No.2 Jordi Roura in his absence.

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