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Gerardo Martino Named Argentina Manager: Latest Details, Comments, Reaction

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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured ColumnistAugust 12, 2014

The rumours had been swirling for a while, and on Tuesday it was confirmed that Gerardo Martinez will be the next manager of Argentina's national football team, replacing Alejandro Sabella.    

As reported by insider Juan Arango, the former Barcelona manager will be officially introduced on Wednesday, when more details regarding his contract will likely be revealed:

Squawka weighed in on the matter, and judging by Martino's record with the Blaugrana, his attacking philosophy will fit right in with the Albiceleste:

Martino was manager of Newell's Old Boys in 2012, and his rise to the top of the coaching ladder has been truly meteoric. His short career with Barcelona wasn't very impressive, however, and Sergi Dominguez worded his praise of the man with that in mind:

Sabella confirmed he planned on stepping down from the job even before the final of the 2014 World Cup, and Martino's name was one of the first brought up.

The 51-year-old failed to end the 2013-14 season with any silverware, the first time in six years the Blaugrana were left empty-handed. His start with the club was promising, but as the year progressed, it became clear Martino was never a particularly good fit at Barcelona.

Luis Enrique took over from Martino at the end of the season, but Martino was always expected to find a new, high-profile job in a hurry.

It doesn't get much bigger than the Albiceleste, who have failed to translate one of the greatest generations of Argentine talent into trophies. Argentina haven't won the World Cup since 1986, and they've been without a Copa America trophy since 1993.

His first priority will be the 2015 Copa America, which will be played in Chile. He'll also need to infuse more youth and talent into the national team to give star striker Lionel Messi his best chance of winning a World Cup, when the tournament moves to Russia in 2018.


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