Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gerardo Martino: Barcelona's new coach

Barcelona confirmed the signing of Gerardo Martino as their coach for the next two seasons, replacing Tito Vilanova. Vilanova stepped down as Barcelona coach last week following a recurrence of throat cancer.

Despite having no experience coaching a European club, the 50-year-old Martino received support from Barcelona star Lionel Messi.In honour of  Argentine’s arrival in Barcelona Messi said, “I like Tata Martino. He is a great coach,” adding that “his teams play well and we all respect him.”

Barcelona says Martino will become the fourth Argentine to coach the club, after Helenio Herrera (1958-60, 1980 and 1980-81), Roque Olsen (1965-67), and Cesar Luis Menotti (1983-84).

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