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Gerardo Martino has made some adjustments to his usual coaching staff, likely with Atlanta United in mind.

Jorge Theiler is a former teammate of Martino’s with Newell’s Old Boys who worked with the youth national teams during Martino’s time with Argentina. According to Brunati, he would be Martino’s assistant in Atlanta.

Damian Silveiro served as the video analyst for Argentina’s national team, while Manuel Alfaro was the physical trainer for the national team.

A la izquierda es Damián Silveiro, Analista de video de la Selección Argentina y Newells Old Boys, y a la derecha Manuel Alfaro, Preparador Físico de la Selección Argentina

Posted by FIF Internacional on Saturday, April 16, 2016

With some changes to Martino’s usual staff, it could be to make room for an assistant with MLS experience.

The original report is from Vero Brunati, a respected journalist who covers the Argentina national team and the Americas for AS in Spain. Credit to Juan Arango for making the original connection to the Atlanta United job as the impetus for these changes.

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UPDATE (7:00 p.m.): Brunati goes into more detail in her article on Sport in Spain. Two long-time members of Martino’s coaching staffs are not included in this project. Jorge Pautasso, his primary assistant coach who has been with him at all of his jobs since 1998, and trainer Elvio Paolorrosso are not part of this working group.

Jorge Theiler, who has typically worked with the youth academies when he has been part of Martino’s clubs, is now noted as the assistant coach in this configuration. Alfaro appears to be expanding his role in the staff.

Another reporter from Martino’s beloved Rosario has listed Rodolfo Paladini as a trainer instead of Alfaro.

Martino was very clear when taking the Argentina job in 2014 that bring coaches and staff of his choosing was a requirement of the deal. In fact, there was a possibility Martino would step down in early 2015 when there was an issue with bringing Theiler into the youth national team program. He has had a consistent group of coaches and staff over the years, making these changes surprising.