Former Argentina and Barcelona manager Gerardo Martino could become the first manager for Atlanta United, according to new reports from both Argentina and the United States.
Gerardo Martino muy cerca de dirigir en la MLS. Desde la próxima temporada seria el entrenador de Atlanta United. pic.twitter.com/yT9wXGGSbU— Sportia (@Sportia) September 15, 2016
Don Balon USA has confirmed with several sources in Argentina that the deal only awaits a final signature to become official. Atlanta United did not respond to Don Balon USA’s request for comment. The club had no comment on the original rumor from Moises Linares of WZDC in Washington, DC earlier today, but did state to Dirty South Soccer that they are still interviewing candidates at this time.
One issue that Don Balon USA raises is Martino’s possible lack of English language skills.
Martino is a three time runner-up in Copa America with Paraguay (2011) and Argentina (2015, 2016). At the club level, he has won five league championships. Four of those titles were in Paraguay with Libertad and Cerro Porteño, one was in Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys. He spent the 2013-2014 season with Barcelona in Spain. The year was seen as a diappointment because the only trophy won was the Spanish Super Cup, but Martino’s Barcelona was unbeaten in his first 21 games in charge and lost the La Liga title on the final day of the season.
He stepped down as Argentina’s manager after this summer’s Copa America Centenario due to instability within the Argentine Football Association.