Gerardo Martino steps down as Barcelona coach

Manager goes after trophy-less first season at Nou Camp

Gerardo Martino has stepped down as Barcelona manager following the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid that saw the La Liga title go to Diego Simeone’s side. Photograph:   Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Gerardo Martino has stepped down as Barcelona manager following the 1-1 draw with Atletico Madrid that saw the La Liga title go to Diego Simeone’s side. Photograph: Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Sat, May 17, 2014, 20:45

Gerardo Martino has stepped down as Barcelona coach after they missed out on the Primera Division title in a 1-1 draw with champions Atletico Madrid.

Martino had been widely expected to leave, win or lose in Saturday evening’s crunch clash at the Nou Camp, and Barca confirmed the news as his post-match press conference was beginning.

“Martino has announced that, by mutual agreement with the club, he ceases to be the coach of FC Barcelona,” the club said on their Twitter account.

“In agreement with the club I am no longer the coach,” Martino said.

“I deeply regret not having achieved the goals that this club has always been set and achieved.

“These are great players. My greatest gratitude goes to the players. They have made me proud.”

Barca’s sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta said: “We are grateful to ‘Tata’. This has been a tough season.”

On Friday, Luis Enrique announced he was stepping down as Celta Vigo coach, having been heavily linked with a return to the club where he finished his playing days and began his coaching career with Barcelona B.

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