Barcelona Appoint Gerardo Martino As Successor to Tito Vilanova: Nightly Soccer Report

Tata will replace Tito.

Barcelona have appointed Gerardo “Tata” Martino as the successor to Tito Vilanova. The new Barca manager was recommended by Lionel Messi after impressing at Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys both as a player and manager.

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3 thoughts on “Barcelona Appoint Gerardo Martino As Successor to Tito Vilanova: Nightly Soccer Report”

  1. Martino was a surprise choice because he has no ties to the club and has never managed in Europe before. However, his way of thinking might be more compatible with Barcelona than people think.

    Here is an interview he did in 2007 with El Grafico (in spanish):

    Regarding his philosophy he mentions pressing to recover the ball quickly, an emphasis on posession, and defending when forced to not because they allow the other team to bring the game to them. Those things are very in line with the Barcelona team he is taking over.

    During his succesul stint with the Paraguayan national team he was pragmatic and a little simplistic but I believe that was a function of the personnel at his disposal. His NOB team this season moved the ball very well but was a little wasteful in front of goal.

    Hope it works out for them.

  2. If what Andre says is correct – that Martino has no ties to Nou Camp’s “boot room” or has never even coached in Europe, then this may indeed the end of an Era.

    All hail to Bayern Munich.

  3. No European experience is a silly argument, it’s the same recycled crap the English media throw out when a new foreign manager is hired and they say he has no “EPL experience”. That didn’t hamper Laudrup, Pocchetino etc..

    I was surprised they went after Martino, but his resume seems good enough and Barca don’t tend to go after the “big name” anyway

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