Previous
Tottenham Hotspur
Liverpool
1
1
FT
Game Details
Leicester City
Swansea City
1
0
LIVE 49'
Game Details
Hull City
Manchester United
4:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Borussia Dortmund
Mainz
1
0
LIVE 78'
Game Details
Real Madrid
Celta Vigo
6:15 PM UTC
Game Details
Leganes
Atletico Madrid
8:15 PM UTC
Game Details
DC United
Chicago Fire
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Philadelphia Union
Sporting Kansas City
11:00 PM UTC
Game Details
Columbus Crew SC
San Jose Earthquakes
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Toronto FC
Montreal Impact
11:30 PM UTC
Game Details
Houston Dynamo
FC Dallas
1:00 AM UTC Aug 28, 2016
Game Details
LA Galaxy
Vancouver Whitecaps
2:30 AM UTC Aug 28, 2016
Game Details
Next
VillarrealVillarreal
Sevilla FCSevilla FC
8:15 PM UTC
Game Details
EspanyolEspanyol
MálagaMálaga
2
2
FT
Game Details
Real BetisReal Betis
Deportivo La CoruñaDeportivo La Coruña
0
0
FT
Game Details
ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Martino tipped for Barca job

Former Paraguay manager Gerardo Martino has emerged as the favourite for the Barcelona job after Tito Vilanova was forced to step down as his health problems resurfaced.

- Hunter: Anims, Tito
- Tomas: Tito departs to win his fight for life
- Rigg: Madrid offer support

Vilanova, 44, suffered a relapse in his throat cancer treatment and Sandro Rosell, addressing the media on Friday, said his condition was “not compatible with coaching”.

Initial reports had suggested Vilanova’s assistant, Rubi, was the forerunner for the position, having led Segunda Division side Girona to last season’s play-off final. However, El Mundo Deportivo, Marca and AS all believe Martino, nicknamed “Tata”, is the most likely candidate.

Rosell said at Friday’s media briefing that a new coach would be presented “probably at the beginning of next week”.

Martino, who led Argentinian side Newell’s Old Boys to the title last season, is out of contract and, according to Ole, a Barca delegation is expected to fly out to South America for negotiations with the 50-year-old.

The Argentine has won four league titles in Paraguayan football as well as last season’s championship in his home country. He was also voted South American Coach of the Year in 2007 while in charge of Paraguay.

Catalan newspaper Sport, meanwhile, offers an array of potential replacements for Vilanova, including Rubi and Jordi Roura, former Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes, and Marcelo Bielsa, who left Athletic Bilbao in the summer. Bielsa came out top in a fan poll on Marca.

Sport also suggests Frank Rijkaard, who led Barcelona to the Champions League title in 2006, and former Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique, now with Celta Vigo, as candidates.

Tottenham Hotspur head coach Andre Villas-Boas and Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup - a former Barca player - are also mentioned, but the pair were both reluctant to be drawn on the link on Friday as they sought to put the focus on Vilanova’s health.

Comments

Use a Facebook account to add a comment, subject to Facebook's Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your Facebook name, photo & other personal information you make public on Facebook will appear with your comment, and may be used on ESPN's media platforms. Learn more.