Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino has no fond memories of his year in charge of Barcelona. The new Mexican national team manager spent the 2013/14 season as the Blaugrana head coach, winning only the Supercopa de Espana. “From a result viewpoint, it wasn’t a bad year, “said Martino.
“We won a cup and we reached a final (of the Copa del Rey), however, all Barcelona cares about is how many trophies you win. “However, I would say it was my worst year [of my career] since my coaching involvement began and finished with the team management.”
There was a suggestion during his tenure at the Camp Nou that Martino had abandoned the conventional style of play in Barcelona, preferring a more direct approach.
He was, however, to last just one season with the Spanish Super Cup the only major honor he claimed.
Gerardo Martino, Mexico ‘s current national coach, regards his forgettable stint at Barcelona in 2013-14 as the “worst year” of his career. Having previously impressed in South America and won favor with Lionel Messi, the Argentine tactician was given the opportunity to succeed Tito Vilanova on Camp Nou.
Failure to get the best out of a star-studded squad saw him make way for Luis Enrique ‘s arrival, with the Barca legend in a position to bring back the good times.
Martino acknowledges that he considers the Barca helm difficult and has few good memories of that period in what was a distinguished coaching career otherwise.