Tata Martino to leave Atlanta United – may take over as Mexico boss

Former Barcelona and Argentina coach Tata Martino set to leave Atlanta United at end of MLS season and is coy on links to Mexico job

  • Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino will leave Atlanta United at the end of the MLS season
  • Martino, ex-Barcelona and Argentina coach, turned down a two-year extension
  • Atlanta have had a brilliant season, with record numbers of fans turning out 
  • Martino failed to rule out taking over as the next manager of Mexico 

Coach Tata Martino is leaving Atlanta United at the end of the MLS season and has remained coy on the prospect of taking over as Mexico manager.

United made the announcement on Tuesday, saying Martino turned down an offer to extend his two-year contract beyond 2018.

The former Barcelona and Argentina national coach has guided Atlanta to success during their first two years in Major League soccer. 

Tata Martino is set to leave Atlanta United at the end of the season, turning down an extension

Tata Martino is set to leave Atlanta United at the end of the season, turning down an extension

Atlanta United have enjoyed plenty of success under the former Barcelona coach in MLS

Atlanta United have enjoyed plenty of success under the former Barcelona coach in MLS

The expansion team made the play-offs in its inaugural season. They go into Sunday’s regular-season finale at Toronto with a chance to claim the Supporters’ Shield for the league’s best record.

Atlanta have already earned a spot in the 2019 CONCACAF Champions League. But a new coach will be leading the team when they take the field in February seeking a continental title.

And their 55-year-old boss has been repeatedly linked with taking over as Mexico boss. 

Last he refused to divulge any information on the prospective move but also failed to quash speculation.

They have averaged more than 53,000 fans - and seen more than 70,000 on five occasions

They have averaged more than 53,000 fans – and seen more than 70,000 on five occasions

He said: ‘I don’t have to clarify things that I haven’t said. This is always the same thing. Whenever there is some news, we will be sure to tell you. Until then, nothing has changed.’ 

Martino is highly regarded at Atlanta and United have been a wildly popular team, essentially selling out every game and setting numerous attendance records.

This season, the team averaged more than 53,000 fans, breaking their own mark set in Year 1. The team has drawn five crowds of more than 70,000 this season at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.

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