The coach had tendered his resignation because the board signed Ntcham when he had said he did not want him. The Portuguese will be punished.
Andre Villas-Boas has not been sacked as Marseille coach, but he has been suspended. The coach, in the press conference prior to the game against Lens, announced that he had handed in his resignation because the club signed a footballer, Ntcham, which he did not want.
The Marseille big wigs have taken this a lack of respect for sporting director Pablo Longoria. The official statement which announces the decision to suspend the coach includes a paragraph highlighted the Spaniard’s good work.
L’Olympique de Marseille annonce la mise à pied à titre conservatoire d’André Villas-Boas.
— Olympique de Marseille (@OM_Officiel) February 2, 2021
Marseille also say that Villas-Boas will be suspended for his comments. Disciplinary proceedings have been opened to decide on the most suitable punishment for him because everything seems to indicate he has violated the club’s internal code.
But what did Villas-Boas says to create such a stir? These were his exact comments: “I’ve handed in my resignation because I don’t agree with the sporting director and his team. I said I didn’t want Olivier Ntcham and they’ve signed him anyway. I don’t want anything from the club anymore. Not even money. Just for them to let me leave.”