David Beckham owned MLS side Inter Miami has confirmed their appointment of Gerardo Martino as their new manager. The club has announced the signing of the former Barcelona coach, thus becoming the third ex-Barcelona member to join the MLS side. Martino, who also coached Argentina to two successive Copa America finals, reunites with his compatriot Lionel Messi.
“Tata” Martino to coach Inter Miami
Gerardo Martino, fondly known as “Tata” Martino, has been one of the renowned names in the American football circuit over the last few years. A star of the Newell’s Old Boys, same club as of Argentine legend Lionel Messi, he has been around the football market for a quite long period of time. His last managerial stint was for Mexico, when he took the country to World Cup, only seeing his Mexican dream sabotaged in the group stage as the “El Tri” got crashed out of the tournament. He has been out of work since then.
Martino, 60, replaces former Manchester United legend and a pivotal member of “Class of ’92”, Phil Neville as the Englishman was sacked from his role on 1st June.
“Highly respected figure”
David Beckham was high in praise for the former Argentina and Barcelona coach as he was heard mentioning about Martino’s experiences and achievements. He said, “Tata is a highly respected figure in our sport whose track record speaks for itself. We are confident that his achievements in the game and experience as a head coach will inspire our team and excite our fans and look forward to seeing the impact he will have on and off the field.”
The club has mentioned about a prospective joining for Martino when they informed that he “will assume coaching responsibilities upon the receipt of his work documentation”. Reportedly, Martino is well acquainted with the MLS football style when he led Atlanta United to a MLS Cup glory in 2018 during a two-year reign.
Reunited with old mates
Reportedly. Martinez will be joining Lionel Messi and Sergio Busquets in Inter Miami as the trio had previously been together when Martino coached the Catalans during his stint in Spain, almost a decade ago. Messi and Martino’s camaraderie goes down the ages as both of them have played for the same club in their childhood, Newell’s Old Boys.
Martino and Messi were together when the former was at helm for the Argentine National Team, where he had tasted bittersweet success as he led the “Albiceleste” to two consecutive Copa America finals, before losing out to Chile on both occasions, which even led Messi to announce his retirement from international football. So, as people say, third time is lucky as the Messi-Martino duo will look out to weave some magic on the American soil this time.
Inter Miami owner Jorge Mas conveyed his good luck to the new manager by saying, “We are very happy to be able to welcome Tata to Inter Miami. We feel he is a coach who matches our ambitions as a club and we’re optimistic about what we can accomplish together. Tata has coached at the highest levels and we believe that experience will be hugely beneficial to us as we aim to compete for titles here.”