Football: New Barcelona coach Martino pledges to continue winning style
BARCELONA (AP) - Moments after completing his deal to coach Barcelona for the next two seasons, Gerardo Martino assured fans on Friday that he had come to maintain the winning style established by his successors Tito Vilanova and Pep Guardiola.
Barcelona announced Tuesday that the Argentine coach would take over for Vilanova, who stepped down last week to proceed with a cancer treatment that was "incompatible" with his coaching duties.
The 50-year-old Martino has never coach before in Europe, and after five trophy-laden seasons with coaches who had come up through the club's youth programs, his signing represents a break from the line of selecting in-house managers.
Martino said that he would tweak the team he has inherited, looking to improve on something that was already working well.