Barça name Tata Martino as new first team coach

Tata MartinoIt’s now official. Barça announced this morning that Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino will be the new first team coach. Jordi Roura will be in charge of the team for tomorrow’s friendly game at Bayern Munich and Martino will take his first training session with the players in Norway on Thursday to prepare for Saturday’s friendly against Valerenga. Martino, who was born in Leo Messi’s hometown of Rosario, will sign a two-year deal before being presented later today. He will become the fourth Argentine manager in Barça’s history after Roque Olsen, Helenio Herrera and César Luis Menotti.

It’s going to be a tough job to take over so close to the beginning of the new season. Fortunately, Tata favours a very similar system to the classic 4-3-3 used at Barça by previous coaches Rijkaard, Guardiola and Vilanova, so hopefully the period of adaptation will be brief and there will be a good understanding between players and coach. Martino is expected to bring in Elvio Paolorroso as his assistant and Jorge Pautasso as part of the physical preparation team. There seems little doubt about the Argentinian’s pedigree for the job, the only concern is his lack of experience in European football.

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2 Responses to Barça name Tata Martino as new first team coach

  1. Fredegar says:

    Two things I liked about this appointment: firtst that it was made very quickly, I’m glad we avoided the kind of stories that preceded Madrid’s and PSG’s announcements of their coaches. And second, I liked the “thinking outside the box” attitude that it showed, we didn’t go for the usual suspects and that was a refreshing change.
    I’m of course very sad for Tito, and even if I had advocated a change of coach for our club, I was still proud that we let him have a second chance after a disappointing ending to a pretty good season over all. But my reasons for advocating a change still stand, even if the circumstances are so dramatic: it’s of course a risk and I pray we don’t go in a “end of Gaspart’s era” situation, but I think a new eye on the team is what we need now, and Martino looks like he can bring what we need, particularly (from what I’ve read) in the defensive department.
    Good luck Tata, welcome to Barcelona!

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