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Wednesday, 21 August, 2002, 09:26 GMT 10:26 UK
Baresi quits Fulham
Baresi watching a Fulham game with Junichi Inamoto
Baresi has been working without a job title
Franco Baresi has resigned from his position at Fulham.

The former AC Milan and Italy star was officially appointed as director of football by chairman Mohamed Al Fayed on 1 June.


I am disappointed that the nature of my position with Fulham was not as I had envisaged it
Franco Baresi

But his arrival was said to have had an unsettling influence on the players, with talk of a power struggle between the Italian and manager Jean Tigana.

The Fulham manager was reportedly furious that Baresi, who was offered an initial six-month deal, would assume overall responsibilty for all football matters at the club.

Baresi's position was then scrapped, as were his demands for a three-year contract, and he worked without a job title while living in one of Al Fayed's luxury central London penthouses.

"I have decided that it would be in my own professional interests, and also a sensible outcome for Fulham, to terminate our brief relationship," Baresi told the club's official website.

"While all parties have worked constructively to develop our respective roles, I am disappointed that the nature of my position with Fulham was not as I had envisaged it when I was first approached.

"It makes sense to recognise this sooner rather than later, and particularly before I make commitments which involve not only myself but also my family."

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