Sampaoli resigns from Atlético Mineiro and approaches Marseille
Yesterday, the resignation of Argentine coach Jorge Sampaoli from coaching Brazilian football club Atlético Mineiro, reinforced speculation about his approach to overseeing the technical management of French club Marseille.
Sampaoli, who was associated with the Brazilian club until the end of this year, wrote in a message addressed to his supporters, which his spokesman sent to the media: "The end has come. The last game will be on Thursday."
Many media outlets have stated that the former Argentine coach (2017-2018) is expected to become a new coach for Marseille, succeeding Andre Faich Boach, who has been punished by the management of the southern club since early February, after he revealed his intention to resign.
Sampaoli, 60, took over atletico Mineiro in March 2020 and led him to 25 wins in 44 matches (10 defeats and 9 draws).
In his coaching career that began in 2002, Sampaoli led another Brazilian team, Santos, as well as clubs in Peru, Chile and Ecuador.
His only experience in Europe was in Spain with FC Sevilla (2016-2017).
In his farewell message, Sampaoli, who led the Chilean national team to the Copa America in 2015, said that he did not want to "just win, but to be creative and build a team that, when watching it on TV, removes sadness for some time."
"Brazilian football has an infinite talent: it made me rediscover the beauty of the game, something that will be forever mine."
Sampaoli, known for his nervous excitement on the bench, will not be able to lead Atletico Mineiro in the final stage of the Brazilian League, Thursday against Palmeiras, because he was sent off in the last stage for his verbal attack on the referee.
Atletico Mineiro is ranked third in the league and qualified for the group stage of the next edition of the Copa Libertadores, which is tied in the South American Champions League.
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