Martino named Argentina’s new coach

AP

Gerardo Martino has been hired as coach of Argentina, less than three months after leaving Spanish club Barcelona.

The Argentine Football Association said the 51-year-old Martino will replace Alejandro Sabella, who stepped down after Argentina’s loss to Germany in last month’s World Cup final.

It will be Martino’s second coaching role with a national team, having been in charge of Paraguay from 2006-11.

Martino left Barcelona in May with one year left on his contract after the club failed to win a major trophy for the first time in six years.