Barça contact Argentinian coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino

According to reports in the press Barça have contacted the Argentinian coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino as a possible substitute for Tito Vilanova. Martino was Paraguay’s national coach between 2007 and 2011, reaching the World Cup quarter finals in 2010, and more recently he has won the Argentine league with Newell’s Old Boys. The 50-year-old has a good track record as a coach and it is thought he would be welcomed by Leo Messi whose father Jorge reportedly adored Martino as a player. The negative side is his lack of experience in Europe: as a player he made 15 appearances for Tenerife back in 1991 but he has spent the rest of his career as a player and a coach in South America.

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8 Responses to Barça contact Argentinian coach Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino

  1. Nic,
    Sandro & Zubi made a strategic mistake by allowing Tito to stay on after the initial diagnosis. Yes, he won the league (with 100 points) but we lost some of the sparkle with the drubbing we took from Bayern Munich. I think that is the defeat I will remember most about last year and not beating RM at all or did we? What these shortcomings told ne was that Tito was not as good as we thought. I have a hard time imagining Pep losibg 7-0 to any team. That having been said, I hope he recovers from his illness and continues coaching somehwere else. Sandro & Zubi should have applied the rules they so eloquently laid out ib Abidal’s case and said: go take care of your health and family. This whole thing is destabilizing for the players, the club, the fans and worst, the people in Madrid are thinking: look who is scrambling now! I honestly think that this administration has not been clear minded at all about any of their strategies…from signings to transfers to how they deal with the media, etc. This is bad but I have great faith in the players. If there is anything they can do it is rise to the challenge. Forca!

  2. barcacentralomer says:

    I’m rather surprised that Barca had to go all the way to South America to get a manager. Lets wait and see how this one develops. However, the longer the manager saga goes on the lesser time we’ll have to get our CB. Please don’t tell me the new manager is going to convert Song into a CB and we won’t be buying a proper CB for another season.

  3. Oh no Song is not a CB. I think Puyol and Pique are maybe secretely having a say in this. And Masche would see a lot of bench if we were to get a new CB. This is one is tricky for me. Not really sure we need one. It was Sergio who did not show up in the end last year because when he did we were fine with what we have behind him. Please check the tapes!

  4. barcalover says:

    lets consider juggen klop or vilas boas, they can do the job well

  5. Neymarjr fan says:

    Martino is proving he is a very good coach. However, I think it is more likely that Luis Enrique is about to be named the new Barcelona coach. I could be wrong but here is my reasoning:


  6. jacob n. blamo sr. says:

    coaching in Europe is not the only place, there are people who did not coach in and are doing well.let him have his time we will grade him for his work

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