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Mercato: former OM coach, Igor Tudor in pole position to replace Rudi Garcia in Naples

A former OM coach can hide another.

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Mercato: former OM coach, Igor Tudor in pole position to replace Rudi Garcia in Naples

A former OM coach can hide another. According to Fabrizio Romano and many Italian media, Igor Tudor appears at the top of the list of Naples leaders to succeed Rudi Garcia, even if the names of Fabio Cannavaro and Andrea Pirlo are mentioned here and there. The former Croatian international would not land in the unknown in Italy, he played for a long time in Serie A, and notably under the colors of Juventus Turin, before starting his career as a technician as an assistant at Juventus, then as head coach at Verona. He then took the reins of OM for the 2022-23 campaign, with a record of 27 wins, seven draws and 14 defeats in 48 matches, finishing in third place in the French championship.

Olympian president Pablo Longoria would have liked to keep Tudor, under contract until 2024, but the 45-year-old former defender's decision was made. According to our information, the latter did not digest the welcome under the whistles in Marseille at the start of the season. The absence of his family, who live in Split and do not want to come to Marseille due to the children's schooling, also played a role in the balance. We know the rest: OM bet on Marcelino, who only lasted a handful of weeks, before the arrival of Genarro Gattuso.

Igor Tudor met President De Laurentiis this Monday in Rome according to Gianluca Di Marzio and several transalpine media. According to various sources, the dismissal of Rudi Garcia, appointed last summer, has already been confirmed. Which Garcia took the reins of the Italian champions last summer. Review? 16 matches, eight wins, four draws and as many defeats, fourth place in the Serie A standings and second in the hierarchy of Group C in the Champions League. Like Tudor, Garcia previously officiated at Marseille (2016-19). We also saw him at the head of Saint-Etienne, Dijon, Le Mans, Lille, Roma and Lyon, before a more exotic escapade in Saudi Arabia, at Al-Nassr. The defeat conceded at the Diego-Maradona stadium on Sunday, against Empoli (0-1), was one too many for Rudi Garcia.

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