Barcelona: Gerardo Martino replaces Tito Vilanova as manager

first_imgBarcelona have appointed Argentine Gerardo Martino as their new coach after he agreed a two-year contract.The 50-year-old former Paraguay coach 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 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,Martino was a key player for in the Newell’s Old Boys side that Bielsa managed in the early 1990s and both hail from the Argentine city of Rosario.Barcelona captain Carles Puyol says Martino’s managerial style will fit in with the playing philosophy at the Nou Camp.“We know about his career, he is a very good coach,” Puyol said before Martino’s appointment was confirmed.“He likes Barcelona’s playing style. I think all the names mentioned are capable of coaching this team. “We have a certain way of playing; a philosophy. The coach that comes in will follow that line and I’m sure that Zubi (sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta) and the directors want a coach that can adapt to our characteristics.”last_img read more


first_imgLetterkenny Chamber Chief Executive Toni ForresterTWO more shops have closed in Letterkenny – but it’s not all bad news.Classic Casuals and Unique have pulled down the shutters for the last time at Letterkenny Shopping Centre.Classic Casuals’ well-known outlet on the town’s Main Street is still open and trading well. Toni Forrester, chief executive of Letterkenny Chamber, said there was mixed news in the town.She said it was sad that more jobs had been lost, but insisted the Chamber is working around the clock to promote Letterkenny.Ms Forrester also revealed that the Shop LK inititive had been a huge success – with €500,000 worth of vouchers sold since its launch just over four years ago.“It is always sad when a business closes because of the impact on those who own the business and their employees,” she said. “There is definitely mixed news in retail with footfall down and spend per customer down but there is also excellent value for money and we are promoting the town wherever and whenever we can.“The Shop LK vouchers scheme has been a massive success because that shows people are shopping locally and when people do shop locally, they are supporting and creating local jobs.”TWO MORE SHOPS CLOSE DOWN IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: March 8th, 2011 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more