World Cup winner quits as assistant – one week after becoming "right-hand man"

Mauro Camoranesi has quit his role as assistant manager at Marseille just a week after being appointed.

The former winger, who helped Italy win the World Cup in 2006, had agreed to join Igor Tudor’s coaching staff in France. Tudor arrived to replace Jorge Sampaoli, who resigned over what he saw as a lack of ambition in the transfer window, but his tenure has already hit a bump in the road.

Former Galatasaray, Udinese and Verona boss Tudor signed a two-year deal with Marseille on July 4. As part of his plans for a new start in the south of France he called Camoranesi, who previously took charge of Slovenian side Maribor, to get him involved.

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In his first press conference last week, Tudor said Camoranesi would act as his “right-hand man” in the upcoming season as Marseille look to build on a second-placed finish in Ligue 1 under Sampaoli. That idea seemed to be underway when Camoranesi was pictured in Marseille training sessions, but it has now been left in tatters after he pulled out.

“Igor called me to help him at the start, while waiting to complete his staff,” the 45-year-old toldL’Equipe. He has reportedly backtracked in order to return to Italy and pursue his own managerial ambitions.

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That might prove a tough task for Camoranesi, who so far has a slim coaching CV. He joined Maribor in September 2020 but, despite signing a three-year deal, he was sacked in February 2021 after a shock defeat left the Slovenian side two points adrift of the league leaders. As well as coaching, Camoranesi has worked in the Italian media as a pundit.

Despite being born in Argentina, Camoranesi went on to represent Italy. He was eligible for the country due to his great-grandfather and his international career for the Azzurri mirrored his years with Juventus. He won 55 caps for Italy, scoring four goals, while contributing 32 goals and 72 assists in 287 games for Juve.

Camoranesi finished his playing career at Racing Club in his native Argentina but soon returned to Europe to pursue a coaching career. After earning his stripes, he has worked at clubs in Mexico, Argentina and Slovenia.

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