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Gerard Tata Martino set to take over as Inter Miami coach and manage Lionel Messi

Major League Soccer club Inter Miami are reportedly on the verge of securing Gerard Tata Martino as their new head coach. 

According to renowned Argentine journalist Gaston Edul, Martino is the front-runner for the vacant position after Phill Neville’s recent dismissal due to underwhelming performances.

Martino became available for the role after resigning from his post in charge of Mexico.

His resignation followed their disappointing campaign at the 2022 World Cup. They failed to progress beyond the group stage. 

Despite this setback, Martino boasts an impressive coaching pedigree and recently rejected a deal to coach Boca Juniors.

The 60-year-old took over as Atlanta United’s head coach in September 2016, just months ahead of the club’s debut MLS season in 2017. 

Martino’s tenure at Atlanta was highly successful. He won 42 out of 78 matches during the 2017 and 2018 MLS seasons.

He also led the club to its first-ever title – the 2018 MLS Cup.

Martino also looks set to reunite with Lionel Messi. He has previously coached Messi at Barcelona and with Argentina. 

Messi has agreed to join Miami. He opted for the MLS over a potential move to Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal or returning to Barcelona.

He wanted to return to Spain, but Barcelona failed to make him a feasible offer due to their dire finances.

Martino is a popular figure at Messi’s boyhood club, Newell’s Old Boys.

If the appointment is finalised, Miami will hope Tata Martino’s tactical acumen and Messi’s exceptional talent will elevate the team’s performance and propel them to new heights in the MLS. 

Fans await official confirmation of the news, which could mark a significant turning point for the bottom-placed club in the Eastern Conference.

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