French club Marseille announced that they are dismissing their head coach Andre Villas-Boas with immediate effect shortly after he handed his resignation over “sporting policy. Villas-Boas, who joined the club in 2019, told a press conference that he offered to resign following Oliver Ntcham’s arrival on loan from Celtic – a player that was “never on his list.”
“Olympique de Marseille announces the pending disciplinary proceedings of Andre Villas-Boas,” the Ligue 1 club said in a statement. “This protective decision has become inevitable given the recent repetition of actions and attitudes which are seriously damaging to the Marseille Olympic institution and its employees, who defend it daily.”
Earlier this week, Villas-Boas said in a press conference that he was not happy with the signing of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic on deadline day. I submitted my resignation saying that I did not agree with the sporting policy,” he said “I’m waiting for an answer – it could be no and then we would continue. I don’t want any money, I just want to leave.”
On Ntcham, the 43-year-old Portuguese said: “The transfer window finished with the arrival of a new player. A decision which wasn’t taken by me. I had nothing to do with this decision. “In fact, I learned about it in the press this morning. It is precisely a player for whom I said no [to signing]. He was never a player on our list.” Rather that allowing Villas-Boas to resign, Marseille sacked him instead.
“The comments made today at a press conference with regard to Pablo Longoria, director general in charge of football, are unacceptable. [The club’s] exceptional investment cannot be called into question and was on the contrary welcomed by all during this winter transfer window marked by an unprecedented crisis,” Marseille statement reads.
The Ligue 1 side also said “possible sanctions” will be taken against Villas-Boas following disciplinary proceedings.Under this season Villas-Boas, Marseille sit ninth in Ligue 1, 16 points behind leaders Lille and just won once in their last nine games. They also finished bottom of their Champions League group after winning just one game and losing five, having conceded 13 goals in the process.
“The results – it’s my fault. I’m very upset. But if there’s something you cannot touch, it’s my professionalism,” Villas-Boas said. “I cannot accept this. This club has already been through a couple of messy years in terms of transfers,” Villas-Boas said. Villas-Boas, whoe led Marseille to second in Ligue 1 last season, said last month he would leave when his contract expired at the end of the season.
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