After the initial flurry of names as to who would become the next first team coach at Barça it now seems likely that Tito Vilanova’s replacement will be either Luis Enrique Martinez or Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino. The intention of the club is to name the new coach on Tuesday if not sooner.
According to El Pais Luis Enrique is the preferred candidate of Sandro Rosell while the problem of cancelling his contract with Celta could be resolved amicably with a compensation payment. Celta’s failure to register ‘Lucho’ with the Spanish Football Federation means there would be no regulation against him moving back to Barcelona.
Luis Enrique is keeping quiet on the subject though he sent a tweet today with a photo of himself and Juan Carlos Unzue on a cycling trip with a message saying “The AURUN STORE/HED team again on the move. Letting the legs and head break loose”. Some may see this as a not so cryptic message that the deal is done though Luis Enrique can always claim he is just talking about the cycling trip.
The other news from this evening is the report from El Sport that there will not be a meeting in Argentina with Tata Martino as had earlier been suggested. This again points towards the likelihood that a deal has been agreed with Luis Enrique as there is now no need for Zubizaretta or anybody to make a long trip. However, with modern technology it is just as likely that an agreement could have been made with Martino without any face-to-face meetings. Despite Rosell’s preference for ‘Lucho’ it is believed that Zubizaretta prefers Tata and the last time I looked the bookmakers were still making the Argentinian favourite for the post.