According to L’Équipe, the major factor behind former Marseille manager Jorge Sampaoli’s return to management with La Liga side Sevilla was that he was give reassurances over the winter transfer window – a guarantee of having recruits and also having the last say in any transfer dealings made at the club.
This was a decision-making power that he no longer had at the end of his time in Marseille and which had pushed him to leave. He told Brazilian TV in August that he didn’t see any way of staying in France with Marseille:
“I arrived in Marseille when the fans had set fire to the training centre. I took on a team that was very badly beaten. We qualified for the Champions League by playing a certain way and for the next stage we needed more. The president said he couldn’t go too fast in the transfer market and would wait until the end of the mercato. That didn’t suit me. I needed players as soon as possible to build the team. I didn’t see the conditions necessary to stay.”
Meanwhile, the Argentinian arrived in the Andalusian capital yesterday at the same time as Julen Lopetegui’s official farewell, during an express transfer of power. Late on Thursday afternoon, the Argentine led his first training session and will already have his work cut out for him when he makes his debut against Athletic Bilbao on Saturday (6.30pm).