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Gerardo Martino to leave Barca

The manager will depart from the club this season after failing to triumph in La Liga or the Champions League.

Gerardo Martino has revealed he will leave his role as Barcelona coach, by mutual consent, after the club missed out on the Liga title.

The 51-year-old saw his side surrender their league title to Atletico Madrid after the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at Camp Nou on Saturday.

Needing a victory to make it five league wins in six years, Barcelona saw Alexis Sanchez's first-half opener cancelled out by Atletico defender Diego Godin four minutes into the second period.

Barca's failure to retain their title means they end the season without a major trophy for the first time since 2007-08, a campaign that was followed by the dismissal of Frank Rijkaard.

Speculation was rife about Martino's future in the closing weeks of the season and the coach put an end to that on Saturday, announcing he would step away from coaching duties.

"By mutual agreement I will no longer be FC Barcelona's manager," Martino said. "I profoundly lament not meeting the objectives this club has always set for itself, and managed to attain.

"These are great players. My greatest gratitude goes to the players. They have made me proud."

Martino was appointed Barcelona manager in July, replacing Tito Vilanova, who resigned to fight an ultimately unsuccessful battle with throat cancer.

Luis Enrique, who announced his impending departure from Celta Vigo on Friday, is thought to be the leading candidate for the role.

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