Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino focusing on football not finances

Updated: 25 January 2014 20:56 IST

The club's president Sandro Rosell resigned on Thursday as he faces legal action for misappropriation of funds in the signing of Brazilian star Neymar last year with former vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu taking over.

Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino focusing on football not finances

Madrid:

Barcelona coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino hopes his side can ease a difficult week for the club by maintaining their place at the top of La Liga with a win over Malaga on Sunday.


The club's president Sandro Rosell resigned on Thursday as he faces legal action for misappropriation of funds in the signing of Brazilian star Neymar last year with former vice-president Josep Maria Bartomeu taking over.

That led to the club taking the unusual step on Friday of divulging all the financial details of Neymar's contract and parts of the deal that brought him to the club.

However, Martino wants his players to ensure the attention is turned to matters on the field when they return to action at the Camp Nou.

"It is not the desired situation. We came here with the expectation of doing a good job and finishing it together, but I respect the president's decision," he said at a press conference alongside sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta on Saturday.

"We need to work together on the sporting side. What we can offer is good performances on the pitch."

Martino was far from categorical when asked if he would remain at the club for next season, but insisted that the change of president shouldn't weaken his position.

"Everyone wants to finish a project they started, but in football you can never be sure of anything.

"It is not a nice situation to be in, but we need to stick together. It is a moment for me to concentrate on the football and make sure the morale of the squad doesn't drop.

"I had contact with Sandro for a long time and he gave me all the support I needed to be the coach of Barcelona.

"But I also have a lot of support from the new president and Zubizarreta, with whom I have spoken to on a daily basis from July until now."

Zubizarreta, though, maintained the club were happy with the job done by Martino as the Catalans go into the second half of the season challenging for trophies on three fronts.

"We are very happy with the work 'Tata' is doing.

"It is not easy to manage all the things we have been through since September.

"We are delighted with him and we will work towards the future as normal."

On the field, Barca will have to do without Andres Iniesta for a fourth consecutive game as he continues to recover from a bruised knee.

Carles Puyol, Martin Montoya and Alex Song are also out of contention for a starting place because of injury as is Neymar, who has a sprained ankle.



Topics : Football
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