Andre Villas-Boas tries to RESIGN as Marseille manager after only finding out the club had signed Olivier Ntcham from Celtic from the press… and tells the club ‘I don’t want anything, I just want to leave’
Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas has offered his resignation after the French club signed Olivier Ntcham when he didn’t want him.
In an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday, former Chelsea and Tottenham boss Villas-Boas claimed he ‘just wants to leave Marseille.’
It follows a turbulent week in which furious supporters marched to the club’s training ground to protest about poor results.
Andre Villas-Boas has offered his resignation as Marseille manager after the club signed Olivier Ntcham from Celtic when he didn’t want him
Villas-Boas said he learned the club had signed Olivier Ntcham on loan from Celtic in the press
They threw flares, setting fire to trees, and tried to storm the complex, forcing the postponement of Marseille’s match against Rennes.
The club then signed midfielder Ntcham on loan from Celtic on deadline day but Villas-Boas says he didn’t ask for the player and now wants to leave his post.
‘I submitted my resignation saying that I did not agree with the sporting policy,’ the Portuguese said.
‘We finished the transfer window with a player we signed [Ntcham]. It is a decision which is not taken by me, I have nothing to do with it, I learned it this morning by the press. He is a player for whom I said no. I submitted my resignation because of it.
‘I don’t want any money from OM and Frank [McCourt, the owner], I just want to leave because of a difference in point of view on sports policy. I cannot accept that. The management has not yet answered me.
Marseille fans gathered and marched towards the Robert Louis-Dreyfus training ground
Fans are said to have attacked the front gates with smoke bombs and fireworks to gain access
Fans are said to be angry at the club’s owner as well as their recent downturn in form
‘Even on the departure of Nemanja [Radonjic, who moved to Hertha Berlin] I was informed only in the evening.
‘The management asked me for a little time, I can help them with that, I have a lot of respect for Frank.
‘I’m waiting for an answer, if it’s no, we continue. I am bound by a contract, I am always responsible for the results, for this group that I love.
‘I repeat, I don’t want anything from OM, I just want to leave. I was told that this humble gesture was appreciated by the management.
The club were in title contention until November but have only won three of their last ten
‘I don’t want to be fired, I only want to leave because of differences. I have a lot of respect for Jacques-Henri [Eyraud, the president], but there they touched my professionalism, and it is not possible.’
It’s hardly the best preparation for Marseille’s trip to Lens on Wednesday night and their showdown with rivals Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday.
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