New Barcelona coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino has revealed the part Paraguay's president had in helping him get the top job with the Catalan giants.
A relative unknown until barely a week ago, the Argentinian's biggest role before getting the call from Barca was coaching the Paraguay national team, who he took to the quarter-finals of the 2010 World Cup and the final of the Copa America a year later.
In an interview with Argentinian TV station TN, Martino explained that the president of Paraguay, Horacio Cartes, first introduced him to Barca club president Sandro Rosell several years ago, when the Catalan was a marketing executive for Nike and Cartes ran Paraguay side Libertad.
He said: "It all came about via Horacio Cartes. I met the president of Barcelona [Rosell] at a dinner at Cartes' house. Then, when the Barcelona job became vacant, Rosell didn't know how to contact me so he called Cartes, and that's how it all began.
"Until I'd spoke...