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Franco Baresi has confirmed that he has stepped down from his role as director of football at Fulham.

The former Milan defender was appointed director of football, a move which was widely regarded as a threat to coach Jean Tigana’s position at the club. However, after just three months in his new role, Baresi has submitted his resignation.

“I have decided that it would be in my own professional interests, and also a sensible outcome for Fulham Football Club, to terminate our brief relationship,” Baresi said in a statement on the club’s official site.

“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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