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Gerardo Martino: The new Barcelona manager

Martino is delighted with his new role (©GettyImages)
Martino is delighted with his new role (©GettyImages).

Barcelona have appointed former Paraguay boss Gerardo Martino as their new manager after Tito Vilanova was unable to carry on due to illness.

The 50-year-old Argentine signed a two-year contract and will lead the Catalan Giants in their defence of the La Liga title as well as in their pursuit of European glory.

Martino comes into the Barcelona hot-seat having captured some silverware as a coach but only in South America. He has won the Paraguayan Premier Division four times as well as the Argentine Premier Division. He was also named the South American Coach of the Year in 2007.

Despite not ever taking charge in Europe before, Martino has shown that he can deliver silverware and so he is expected to carry on that tradition at the Camp Nou. It is a lot different in Spain though especially at Barcelona. 

He will not expected to just win the league title but to also play an attractive type of football so he can win in style. That is the Barcelona way and so he will be expected to keep that tradition going.

His appointment comes as a bit of a surprise because Luis Enrique was expected to be the choice but he has only just joined Celta Vigo.

It has been reported that Lionel Messi had an input in the appointment of his fellow Argentine and Martino shared the same sentiment.

In a press conference he said: "I don't know the details of the situation but I have no doubts Messi spoke to the club directors. I'm sure that Jorge (Messi's father) and Leo had some weight in this decision." He then went on to say that he was surprised by the decision and that managing Barcelona is an important opportunity.

"To coach Barca is an extremely important opportunity. I'm very grateful that Barcelona have gone for me and my coaching team." Martino stated.

"Of course it (the decision) took me by surprise. I had virtually prepared myself to take a break and wait for the right job opportunity to arise."

The first line of business for Martino is likely to be a decision on whether Cesc Fabregas should stay or leave the club. He has been constantly linked with a move to Manchester United but it would be very surprising if he allows Fabregas to leave the club.  

 

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