Originally posted on Fox Soccer  |  Last updated 7/22/13
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Barcelona defender Carles Puyol fully expects the board to choose the best candidate to replace outgoing coach Tito Vilanova - as long as the new man believes in the club's "philosophy". The Catalan club announced on Friday night that 44-year-old Vilanova was stepping down as he continues his battle with cancer, with former Paraguay coach Gerardo 'Tata' Martino the apparent frontrunner for the Nou Camp job. Sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta is reportedly in Buenos Aires today to meet Martino, who recently severed ties with Argentinian Clausura champions Newell's Old Boys. Former Barcelona B coach Luis Enrique, Andre Villas-Boas, Michael Laudrup, Marcelo Bielsa and Rubi are among the other tacticians linked with the post - with Feyenoord coach Ronald Koeman stating a move to Catalonia was "absolutely not on the cards" - and skipper Puyol believes the names in the frame all share a common philosophy. He told Marca.com: "I think all the names that have been mentioned are capable...
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