Despite the October 1st deadline mentioned several months ago to resolve Tata Martino’s future, we sit here halfway to November with no clear answers. While we have no official word on whether Atlanta United will retain the only manager they’ve known, reports in Mexico indicate that Martino is destined to take over the Mexican national team post.
This is not a new revelation. Reports have linked Tata to the El Tri position for a few months now. The latest story comes from Azteca Deportes analyst David Medrano, who SB Nation’s FMF State of Mind says is “amongst the most trusted sources in Mexican football.”
Medrano says that Martino will take over the job on December 8th, which coincides with the playing of MLS Cup 2018.
What do we make of these latest rumors?
Where there’s tons of smoke, there’s usually fire. It’s telling that all of rumors seem to indicate the same thing. There’s also no whispers from any well-connected American journalists or reporters offering hope that Martino could stay.
All we have to go on is vague talk about possible negotiations between the two parties and Martino himself dropping hints about not staying in one place too long.
It’s too early to start sending out invites to the Tata farewell party just yet, but it might be time to start putting together a possible outline. Stay tuned.