Barcelona: Former Newell's Old Boys and Paraguay national team manager Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has been appointed as Barcelona's new manager, the club announced on its official website on Tuesday.
"FC Barcelona has reached an agreement to sign Gerardo Martino as the new first team manager for the next two seasons. The agreement is still pending the drafting and signing of his contract," the club said.
It will be decided in the coming hours when Tata Martino will travel to Barcelona to sign his contract. The Catalans have moved quickly to replace Tito Vilanova after he was forced to resign on Friday due to on-going ill health.
Martino, who hails from Rosario, the same city where Barca star Lionel Messi grew up, recently left Newell's despite leading them to the Argentine Clausura title and to the Copa Libertadores semi-finals.
Previous to taking over at the Argentine club, the bulk of Martino's managerial experience had been in Paraguay, where he won four domestic championships with Libertad and Cerro Porteno before going on to lead the national side to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in 2010 and the Copa America final a year later.