Atlanta United announced that manager Gerardo “Tata” Martino will be leaving the club upon conclusion of the 2018 season.
The announcement comes at a strange time for some, as the playoffs start just next week; with Atlanta promising to make a deep run this postseason. However, some critics credit the announcement to rumors about Martino leaving to fill the vacant spot on the Mexico National Team. Those rumors are even more prominent now that he has announced his departure. It is also probable that the club wanted to get this out in the open before the playoffs begin, in order to make it as small of a distraction as possible.
Martino is 38-17-17 all-time with Atlanta, and no other team has scored more goals, more points, or a higher goal differential during his time in the MLS.
This could be a hard blow to some fans, with rumors about their stars Miguel Almiron heading to Arsenal, and Josef Martinez drawing the eye of multiple European suitors. I guess this is what happens when you are successful in the MLS, you leave. Check out my other article about this issue:
— Grayson (@son_of__gray) September 28, 2018
This weekend brings playoffs implications for Atlanta as they battle it out for home-field advantage through the playoffs with New York Red Bulls. Atlanta will clinch the supporter’s shield if they win, or with a New York loss/draw as well. The odds are very favorable for the club to stop on top, with it just being their second season in the MLS.
It is unclear yet who will be Tata’s successor, as many question marks have swirled around all vacant coaching spots in the league. An announcement is not expected until the offseason begins.