Messi gives backing to Martino
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Last Updated: Monday, July 22, 2013, 13:42
  
Messi gives backing to Martino
Barcelona: The position became available following the news on Friday of Tito Vilanova`s cancer relapse, which forced the 44-year-old to hand in his resignation to the club.


Martino, who guided Newell`s Old Boys to the title in Argentina last season, is one of the favourites to land the job according to reports emerging from South America and Messi believes `Tata` could be the right man for the role.


"I really like Martino, he is a great technician. He makes his teams play well and everybody respects that," he told Ole.


Martino has gained a strong reputation in South America following a four-year stint with Paraguay, with whom he was voted the South American Coach of the Year in 2007.


Meanwhile, Gabriel Heinze, 35, who plays for Newell`s, has also lent his support to his coach, insisting he is not shocked by the reports that Barca are interested in making Martino their boss.


"I`m not surprised Barca think about Tata Martino. I think he would be the ideal coach for Barcelona," he told Cope.


"Martino is a coach who doesn`t leave anything to chance. His focus is 100 per cent on ball possession."


Goal.com

First Published: Monday, July 22, 2013, 13:42


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