Marseille coach Villas Boas suspended for offering to resign

Tanya Simon
February 2, 2021

Speaking as he exited the Marseille training centre on Tuesday afternoon, manager André Villas Boas responded to a fan filming him on his smartphone about why he is leaving the club.

But current Marseille manager Andres Vilas Boas has just taken to an explosive press conference to tender his resignation at the club because of the deal.

Ntcham, a 24-year-old former France Under-21 global, joined on loan from Celtic until the end of the season just before the winter transfer window closed but Villas-Boas said he had not been in favour of the deal and knew nothing about it.

As quoted by The Guardian, Villas-Boas noted that he said "no" to signing Ntcham, and he simply wants to leave the club without compensation now - which has now been confirmed. It was specifically a player (Olivier Ntcham) that I said "no" to.

Wantaway midfielder Oliver Ntcham joined Marseille on a loan-to-buy deadline day deal with the French midfielder set to complete the reported £4.5m move in the summer [Daily Record]. I learned about it this morning in the press when I woke up. I had nothing to do with this decision.

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"For the last two or three years the club have got it wrong with this aspect of transfers".

Villas-Boas said the weekend's events "had nothing to do" with his decision to resign.

Marseille are now ninth in Ligue 1 and were knocked out in the group stage of the Champions League. "I do not agree with the sporting policy".

Villas-Boas, the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham manager, had already said last week that he expected to leave when his contract expires at the end of this season, with Marseille on a run of just one win in nine games in all competitions.

In his first season, he oversaw Marseille finishing as runners-up to Paris Saint-Germain and their qualification for the Champions League. I had nothing to do with this decision.

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