This is an article from today's "La Tercera" which I translated, about Nico's cutrent coaching situation. Apologies for my poor translation - here is the link for those who would prefer to read it in the original form.
It seems that only a formality separates Nicolas Massú from Gabriel Markus. The Argentine coach has already said that that he would like to be able to work with the man from Vina again, and yesterday Massú's father, Manuel, stated that it was "almost a fact" that the "German" would be the replacement for Patricio Rodriguez.
Speaking to Chilean Radio, Manuel said, "The truth is that there is more of a bond between us - we know Markus well and he knows us, whereas we know very little about Larri Passos" (the other contender for the job), "as he has worked exclusively for Guga (Kuerten) for the past 15 years." Manuel Massú dded that "the only thing that we asked of Markus was that he would work with us exclusively, and he agreed. Today, the only thing there is left to discuss is the financial side of things, but I don't see that being a problem."
The only problem from the Argentine's point of view is that a commitment to Massú (with whom he worked from November 2002 to June 2004) would jeopardise his current business relationship with the American Vince Spadea over the next few weeks. Certainly, for the next few months it would be "impossible" for him to start working with the Chilean because of these previous commitments.. Therefore "El Vampiro" is in a dilemma, looking for a person who can work as his coach until Markus can take on his job permanently. The name of another Argentine, Francisco Mastelli, who is currently coaching the Peruvian Luis Horna, was given by Manuel Massú as the most likely person to accompany his son to Wimbledon. Nevertheless, Mastelli saiid he knew nothing about this, he said. "No-one has said anything to me, so obviously I cannot speak about it at this stage. I would not have problems with it, but of course I would first have to speak with Luis (Horna), to see how he felt about it ". When appriached in Lima, Peruvian Number 1 player Horna knew nothing of the situation either. But he said, "I have a good relationship with Nicolas though of course it is something he and I would have to sit down and talk about first, - but I don't see that I would have any problems with Francisco working with Nicholas ".
Another option that has been mentioned, is that Markus could work with Massú just at Wimbledon, which would give them an opportunity to talk and finalise all financial agreements between them. This would also be an opportunity for them to decide on a date when they can work together properly, with a view to looking forward to the second half of the year that will be so important to the double Olympic champion.