Barcelona coach Martino under fire
While Neymar saga swirls around Barcelona, Martino's position being questioned amid poor run
Associated Press
2014-02-26 11:42 PM

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) -- As if the off-field saga surrounding Neymar's transfer wasn't providing enough of a distraction, now even Barcelona coach Gerardo Martino is being questioned.

Catalan sports daily Sport reports Barcelona is already looking to replace the Argentine coach before next season despite a generally positive start with the Spanish champions, who trail leader Real Madrid by three points.

Barcelona's play has been irregular at times, especially in the 3-1 loss at Real Sociedad on Saturday when Martino's tactics were exposed. His frustration boiled over as he was sent from the touchline and, on Wednesday, he was banned for the upcoming league game against Almeria.

Xavi Hernandez was "angry" Martino chose to leave him on the bench against Madrid "but you can never be above the coach. Now, we've got the turn the page."

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