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Former Newell's Old Boys boss Gerardo Martino emerges as Barca favourite

Updated: Monday, 22 Jul 2013 20:20 | Comments

Gerardo Martino is rumoured to have landed the coveted Barcelona coaching position
Gerardo Martino is rumoured to have landed the coveted Barcelona coaching position

Gerardo Martino has emerged as the likely replacement for Tito Vilanova as Barcelona coach.

According to widespread media reports in Spain this evening, the Argentinian is set to be confirmed as the next Barca boss on a three-year contract following talks today.

The 50-year-old led Newell's Old Boys to the Argentinian Clausura title last season but recently severed ties with the club.

Barcelona have made no official announcement.

The Spanish champions are searching for a new coach after announcing on Friday night that Vilanova was stepping down from the post as he continues his battle with cancer.

The 44-year-old, who led Barca to the Primera Division title in his only season in charge after replacing Pep Guardiola last summer, had a tumour removed from his throat in late 2011, but suffered a relapse a year after.

He underwent another operation on his parotid gland in December before beginning a course of chemotherapy and radiotherapy in New York.

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