On Tuesday, hours after the Portuguese coach said he had offered to resign over differences with the club’s management, the French club Marseille announced that they had suspended manager Andre Villas-Boas.
The club said in a statement, “Olympique de Marseille announces the pending disciplinary proceedings of Andre Villas-Boas,”
“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.”
Villas-Boas, who joined the club in 2019, blamed the board for promoting a player he had refused and for telling him at the last minute that another was leaving on Monday night as the transfer window closed.
ESPN was told by sources that Leonardo Jardim and Ernesto Valverde would be able to replace him as a coach should he leave the club.
“I offered my resignation, saying that I did not agree with the sports policy.”
Villas-Boas, who said he was leaving last month when his contract expired at the end of the season, referred to the Celtic club’s signing of Olivier Ntcham and the departure to Hertha Berlin of striker Nemanja Radonjic, saying he was told of the sale at 10.30 p.m. Monday local time.
“We ended the transfer window with a new player. He is a player that I had said ‘no’ for,” said Villas-Boas.
Marseille said, after disciplinary hearings, they were seeking penalties against the Portuguese coach.
“The comments made today at a press conference … are unacceptable,” the club said.
In the group stage, Marseille was knocked out of the Champions League and finished ninth in the French League, 16 points behind Lille’s leader.
“The results — it’s my fault. I’m very upset. But if there’s something you cannot touch, it’s my professionalism,” “I cannot accept this. This club has already been through a couple of messy years in terms of transfers.”