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Hola 'Tata!' Martino Arrives

Gerardo Martino is officially the new manager of Spanish champions Barcelona.

The 50-year-old Argentine has signed his two-year contract with the Catalan club, and is now the fourth Argentine to sit in the dugout at the Camp Nou, after Roque Olsen, Helenio Herrera and Cesar Luis Menotti.

“Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has signed his contract with FC Barcelona,” the club said on its official website on Friday.

“….the agreement that binds him to the club for the next two seasons.”

Martino was selected ahead of former Barca B boss Luis Enrique, after Tito Vilanova was sadly forced to resign due to his ongoing battle with throat cancer.

A battling attacking midfielder alongside current Southampton manager Mauricio Pocchetino at Newell’s Old Boys during his playing days, ‘Tata’ has made his name as a manager at the helm of the Argentine club giants, and as coach of the Paraguay national team.

He is known to be an acolyte of madcap Marcelo Bielsa, who was one of the inspirations behind Pep Guardiola’s successful spell as Barca manager.

Martino has promised to bring ‘Bielsismo’ to Barca- a dynamic, high-pressing, hard-running style of attacking football that predicates goal-bound flair on defensive solidity.

Now that he has officially taken the reins at Barca, it will be interesting to see who Martino brings in, and who he allows to leave, in order to bring his football vision to life at the club.

One or more new central defenders are surely on his agenda, and what to do about Manchester United’s “ongoing” bid for Cesc Fabregas is also already burning a hole in his in-tray.

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