Tata Martino wants to leave Barcelona in summer

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Barcelona's Argentinian manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino will reportedly leave the Camp Nou in the summer after just a year in charge of the Catalan giants, reports El Mundo Deportivo.

The La Liga Champions currently sit top of La Liga and have set a record under Martino for the number of consecutive weeks at the summit of the Spanish league. The side has also progressed to the Champions League last-16 with ease, but not all fans are happy.

Questions have been raised about the style of play under Martino, with long balls much more common than during the reigns of Pep Guardiola and Tito Vilanova.

El Mundo Deportivo newspaper reported this morning that Martino told close friends in Argentina that he is not happy at Barcelona, and will leave at the end of the season as he doesn't feel comfortable.

One of Argentina's most respected journalists, Fabián Godoy said: "Martino has admitted to people in his inner circle that he doesn't feel comfortable. He is not happy in Barcelona and wants to leave at the end of the season."

Constant comparisons to the dominant side of Guardiola and daily criticism in the Catalan newspapers are said to be just two of the reasons for his desire to leave.

Among the candidates to potentially replace Martino are Luis Felipe Scolari and Frank de Boer. With presidential elections coming up in the not too distant future in 2016, President Sandro Rosell will be keen to make an appointment that will please the fans.

Barcelona has strong links with Dutch football and the current criticism of the move away from the "Barça style" could be appeased with the appointment of a Dutchman.

Gus Hiddink would surely have been a favourite and has been linked with the Camp Nou club every time a vacancy has come up in recent years. But, with the former Chelsea boss having just signed a contract to manage the Dutch national team, he is ruled out.

Rosell has been a fan of Scolari for some time and with the Brazilian potentially available after the World Cup, he is a strong candidate should Martino move on. His relationship with Neymar as manager of Brazil would surely be a positive if he does seek a move to Camp Nou.

Frank de Boer, meanwhile, has turned down the opportunity to take over at Tottenham. The Ajax boss may well be biding his time for a bigger move in the summer. A potential vacancy in Catalonia could provide exactly that.

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