Barcelona: Barcelona have confirmed on their official website that they have appointed Gerardo Martino as the club`s new head coach on a two-year deal.
The Camp Nou side were rocked by the departure of Tito Vilanova last week after he resigned from his position as a result of his need to undergo further treatment in his recovery from a cancer relapse.
A number of names, including Celta Vigo boss Luis Enrique, had since been linked with the vacant post, but the former Newell`s Old Boys boss emerged the stand-out candidate after he was given vocal backing from Lionel Messi.
"Barcelona have reached an agreement to sign Gerardo Martino as the new first team coach for the next two seasons," a Barca statement reads.
"The agreement is still pending the drafting and signing of his contract. The schedule for his trip to Barcelona, signature of his contract and official presentation will be announced in the next few hours."
Martino, 50, has never coached in Europe, but was named South American Coach of the Year in 2007 for his work with the Paraguay national team, before winning the league title with Newell`s last season and reaching the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
He (Lionel Messi) does things that I've not seen Captain Tsubasa do or what can be done on a Playstation video game - they border on the unimaginable.
Barcelona coach, Luis Enrique