As the Tata Martino saga drags on, rumors have begun to emerge about who Atlanta United could possibly be looking at to replace their current manager. With reports strongly linking Martino to the open Mexico national team job, whispers out of South America claim that the Five Stripes are looking at another Argentinian to take over their top job.
AS Argentina reports that Atlanta United are in negotiations with current Boca Juniors manager Guillermo Barros Schelotto to replace Martino if/when he departs for another position.
If Schelotto’s name sounds familiar it’s because he spent four years with the Columbus Crew from 2007-10, where he scored 38 goals and became a club icon. His current contract with Boca Juniors reportedly expires in December, leaving him free to sign with any club he pleases.
One caveat that the report states is that Schelotto is all but assured to depart the famed Argentina club, but could be brought back if they go on to win the Copa Libertadores. They are currently in the semi-finals of that competition.
What do we make of this rumor?
Schelotto is certainly a recognizable name within MLS confines. Atlanta United seems to always like to make a big splash when it comes to their acquisitions and signings. Schelotto’s managerial track record is spotty and is far from a proven commodity. However, with such little time between now and next season, if he’s the best available replacement, he could make sense.
Stay tuned for further updates on Tata Martino’s future and possible replacements.