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August 10, 2022

Barcelona: Gerardo Martino replaces Tito Vilanova as manager

Barcelona have appointed Argentine Gerardo Martino as their new coach after he agreed a two-year contract, the BBC reports. The 50-year-old former Paraguay boss replaces Tito Vilanova, who stepped down as Barcelona manager to continue his treatment for cancer. Martino was most recently in charge of Newell’s Old Boys, who he led to the Argentine Clausura title last season. He becomes the fourth Argentine to manage Barca after Helenio Herrera, Roque Olsen and Cesar Luis Menotti. The Barcelona post is Martino’s first job outside of South America since a six-month spell playing for Tenerife in 1991. A number of coaches had been linked to the vacant position, including former Barcelona B boss Luis Enrique, Tottenham’s Andre Villas-Boas, Swansea’s Michael Laudrup and Guus Hiddink, who quit as coach of Anzhi Makhachkala on Monday. However, the Catalan club have ignored more high-profile candidates in favour of Martino, who is considered to have a similar style to former Athletic Bilbao manager Marcelo Bielsa, Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says Martino’s managerial style will fit in with the playing philosophy at the Nou Camp.

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