“I don’t want money, I just want to leave” – Villas-Boas says after Marseille signed player he didn’t want
Olympique Marseille has suspended manager, Andre Villas-Boas after he heavily criticised the club for buying a player he advised against.
The club suspended the 43-year-old through an announcement on Tuesday.
He is expected to undergo disciplinary proceedings before being shown the exit door.
In an explosive interview on Tuesday, Villas-Boas had criticised the club for buying a player, Olivier Ntcham, even when he specifically advised against doing so.
He threatened to quit the club as a result.
“It’s a decision that was not made by me. This is a player I said no to.
“I was not aware of it, I learned of the signing when I woke up and went on the number one website for Marseille news. I submitted my resignation saying that I didn’t agree with the sports policy.
“The board has not yet given me feedback. I do not want money, I just want to leave. This club has already experienced two or three years of randomness in terms of its transfers and I cannot accept that,” Villas-Boas said.
The Portuguese had earlier said he would leave the club in June when his contract expires.
Reacting through a statement, the club said, “Olympique de Marseille announces the dismissal of Andre Villas-Boas.
“This decision has become unavoidable given the recent and repetitive actions and attitudes that have seriously harmed Olympique de Marseille and its employees who devote themselves to it on a daily basis.
“The remarks made today during a press conference in regard to Pablo Longoria, general manager in charge of football, are unacceptable.
“His exceptional achievements should not be questioned and, on the contrary, were welcomed by all during this winter transfer window which was affected by an unprecedented crisis.
“Possible sanctions may be taken against Andre Villas-Boas following disciplinary proceedings.”