Villas-Boas ‘Suspended’ By Marseille After Offering To Resign In Transfer Row

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 15, 2021 Marseille’s Portuguese head coach Andre Villas Boas gives a press conference, in Marseille. – Andre Villas-Boas has handed in his resignation at Marseille because the club signed Olivier Ntcham without asking his permission he announced during a press conference on February 2, 2021. (Photo by NICOLAS TUCAT / AFP)


Andre Villas-Boas was “suspended” by Marseille on Tuesday after earlier offering to resign as coach at a press conference in which he revealed the Ligue 1 club signed midfielder Olivier Ntcham from Celtic against his wishes on transfer deadline day.

“This protective decision had become inevitable given the recent scheming and attitudes shown which have seriously damaged Olympique de Marseille as an institution,” a club statement said.

The suspension is a likely first step towards Marseille definitively parting company with the 43-year-old from Portugal, who became coach at the Velodrome in 2019.

Yet Villas-Boas earlier said he wanted “nothing from OM, no money. I just want to leave.”

He said his decision came after Ntcham, a 24-year-old former France Under-21 international, joined on loan from Celtic until the end of the season just before the winter transfer window closed.

Villas-Boas said he had not been in favour of the deal and knew nothing about it.

“The transfer window closed with the arrival of a new player on deadline day. It was not a decision that was taken by me. I had nothing to do with the decision,” he said.

“I found out this morning when I woke up and looked at the press. I had specifically said no to that player and he was never on our list of targets.

“Because of that I have handed in my resignation to the board.”

In their statement, Marseille described the coach’s comments — aimed at the club’s Spanish sporting director Pablo Longoria — as “unacceptable”.

Villas-Boas, the former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur manager, had already said last week that he expected to leave when his contract expires at the end of this season, with Marseille on a run of just one win in nine games in all competitions.

Three straight league defeats have seen last season’s Ligue 1 runners-up slip to ninth in the table before they face Lens on Wednesday.

Their scheduled match at home to Rennes on Saturday was postponed after several hundred angry fans stormed the club’s training ground, leading to 25 arrests.

The supporters were demonstrating against the poor results but also against the running of the club by president Jacques-Henri Eyraud.

The protesters were condemned as “thugs” by Marseille’s owner, the American tycoon Frank McCourt, who likened the incidents to the deadly January 6 assault on the US Congress.

Man City ‘Ready To Win Champions League’, Says Villas-Boas

File photo: Manchester City’s Spanish manager Pep Guardiola/AFP



Marseille coach Andre Villas-Boas said on Monday Manchester City are “a machine ready to win the Champions League”, on the eve of the two teams’ group-stage meeting.

City have never reached the Champions League final and are yet to even reach the semi-finals in four attempts under Pep Guardiola.

“(City) are a machine ready to win the Champions League,” said Villas-Boas. “They may not be at their best level, their coach admitted that.

“That’s why I allow myself to say that, but they are still at a higher level than us and remain the favourites tomorrow (Tuesday).”

City, who relinquished their Premier League title last season to Liverpool, have only won twice in five league games this season.

Marseille, the only French club to win the European Cup, are playing their first Champions League campaign since 2013-14 when they were knocked out in the group stage.

They lost their Group C opener to Olympiakos last week but have made a solid start in Ligue 1 and are only three points behind the pace-setting Paris Saint-Germain and Lille.

Dimitri Payet has only scored once this season, and Villas-Boas admitted he needs his star winger to find form.

“Dimitri (Payet) is a key player. We have spoken and we both know he can do better,” said the former Chelsea and Tottenham coach.

“But it does not only depend on him, but also on the team, which must help raise his level. He needs to rediscover what he brought to the team last season.”

City came from behind to beat Porto 3-1 last week in Manchester, but Guardiola will likely make at least one change to that team, with Kevin De Bruyne fit again and Sergio Aguero struggling with a muscle problem.

Villas-Boas admitted he cannot know what to expect from Guardiola, who has been criticised for tinkering tactically in Europe.

“Pep is able to create surprises, and the problem with City is that they have several dynamics and they can adapt. For us, however, this is not a game for experimenting.”


Marseille President Gets Death Threat Amidst Spat With Villas-Boas


Marseille’s Portuguese coach Andre Villas Boas looks on during the French L1 Football match between Stade Rennais Football Club and Olympique de Marseille, on January 10, 2020, at the Roazhon Park, in Rennes, western France.


The president of French football giants Marseille, Jacques-Henri Eyraud, said on Wednesday that he would start police proceedings over a death threat on social media.

“I’m going to lodge a complaint tomorrow,” Eyraud told AFP after an explicit message appeared on social media giving his address in Marseille.

“Unfortunately that’s the way it is.”

Eyraud is often whistled at the Velodrome and insulted on social media by Marseille fans.

The latest threat came after coach Andre Villas-Boas, who is popular with fans, gave a press conference on Wednesday afternoon in which he repeated that he did not want the club to sell any players in the winter transfer window.


Villas-Boas Suffers Poor Return As Reims Beat Marseille

Marseille’s Portuguese coach Andre Villas Boas looks on before the international friendly football match between Olympique de Marseille (OM) and SSC Napoli at the Velodrome Stadium in Marseille, southern France, on August 4, 2019. GERARD JULIEN / AFP



Andre Villas-Boas endured a miserable return to football on Saturday as his Marseille side slumped to a 2-0 home defeat by Reims in their Ligue 1 opener.

The former Porto, Chelsea and Tottenham manager is back coaching for the first time since an acrimonious departure from Shanghai SIPG in 2017, but saw second-half goals from Boulaye Dia and Suk Hyun-jun sink Marseille at the Velodrome.

Villas-Boas has been given the task of returning OM to the Champions League for the first time since 2013, after taking over the reins from Rudi Garcia.

But on Saturday’s evidence he faces an extremely difficult job with a team who finished fifth last season to miss out on European qualification altogether.

The 41-year-old named close-season arrivals Dario Benedetto and Alvaro Gonzalez on the bench, with France attacker Florian Thauvin missing through injury.

The Portuguese coach saw his team make a laboured start, failing to manage a single shot on target in the first half, with goalkeeper Steve Mandanda forced into fine saves to deny Moussa Doumbia and Dia.

The hosts finally called visiting ‘keeper Predrag Rajkovic into action seven minutes after the restart, with the Serbian collecting Dimitri Payet’s tame effort.

Marseille midfielder Kevin Strootman rattled the crossbar in the 57th minute, but Reims deservedly found a breakthrough shortly afterwards as Dia played a neat one-two with Tristan Dingome and drilled the ball over the advancing Mandanda.

Argentine international striker Benedetto was handed a Ligue 1 debut with 17 minutes remaining, but failed to make an impact as Reims substitute Suk instead ran clear at the other end to wrap up the three points in the final minute of normal time.

On Friday, Cesc Fabregas was controversially sent off after a VAR review as Monaco were brushed aside 3-0 by an impressive Lyon in the opening game of the season.

Reigning champions Paris Saint-Germain have left out the world’s most expensive player Neymar for their first match against Nimes on Sunday, admitting talks over a possible move away for the Brazilian are “more advanced”.


China FA Bans Villas-Boas For Eight Games

This file picture taken on February 28, 2017 shows Shanghai SIPG’ head coach Andre Villas-Boas reacting during the AFC Asian Champions League group football match between China’s Shanghai SIPG and Australia’s Western Sydney Wanderers in Shanghai. Shanghai PHOTO: JOHANNES EISELE / AFP

China’s Football Association has slapped an eight-game touchline ban on Shanghai SIPG coach Andre Villas-Boas for lobbing an “insult” at a referee, effectively ending his Super League season.

The association said on its website that Villas-Boas was fined 40,000 yuan ($6,000) as well as barred from the touchline for four Chinese Super League games and four other “official games” hosted by the FA.

The ban comes as Shanghai SIPG are four points behind league leaders Guangzhou Evergrande with just four games to go in the championship.

The FA said the Portuguese manager “insulted” and made “insulting gestures” at the referee during the 78th minute of Shanghai SIPG’s 1-0 victory over Beijing Guoan on September 22.

“Respect for the rules, referees, fans, opponents and the game is what we asked of all football players,” the FA said.

Villas-Boas was already banned for two games by the FA earlier this season over a social media post.

On Tuesday, the Asian Football Confederation fined him $14,000 for making “offensive” comments during the AFC Champions League quarter-finals, which his team won, though he escaped a ban.


Villas-Boas unhappy with Tottenham’s sloppy display

Former Chelsea manager now Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas expressed his displeasure the lacklustre display of his team Tottenham over the weekend against Norwich secure a 1-1 draw at White Hart Lane on Saturday.

Spurs are yet to claim their first win of the season after an opening day loss to Newcastle and a disappointing home draw against West Brom.

New signing Moussa Dembele made the perfect start to his career as a Tottenham player when he found the net in the 68th minute but Norwich levelled with just five minutes remaining to secure a valuable away point.

It was the second time in a week that Tottenham had conceded a late equaliser with James Morrison and Robert Snodgrass denying a first competitive win for Villas-Boas.
The former Chelsea manager was unhappy with the performance of the side as he felt they failed to concentrate for the full ninety minutes.

Villas-Boas will now have some time to work with the squad, due to the international break, and will hope that he can secure his first win of the season when Spurs take on newly-promoted Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday 16 September.

Villas-Boas said it was a different game as they didn’t play as well as last week.

He said the team fought hard in the second half, mainly because the first half was poor as the play look a little sloppy in passes.

He admitted that there was a little improvement in the second half for the players wanted to win and they worked hard but couldn’t earn it, so they deserve it.
Villa Boas said the team has assumed responsibility for what is happening, even though it is disappointing.

“We got the goal but again, we conceded in the last minutes so we have to improve on this sharpness, this reaction, this concentration’ he concluded.

Tottenham appoints Villas-Boas as new manager

English Premier League club, Tottenham Hotspurs have appointed Andre Villas-Boas as their new manager, a statement on their website read.

Newly appointed Tottenham Hotspurs manager, Andre Villas-Boas

“The Club is delighted to announce that Andre Villas-Boas has joined as our new Head Coach on a 3 year contract”.

VIllas-Boas was previously at Porto and led them to an undefeated season in the league, winning four trophies and becoming the youngest manager ever to win a European title in the process, before joining Chelsea where he was fired after a poor run of results.

Chairman of the North London side, Daniel Levy, expressed delight and optimism at the signing of the Portuguese who he believes shares the ambitions of the club.

“I am delighted that Andre has agreed to become our new Head Coach.  He has an outstanding reputation for his technical knowledge of the game and for creating well-organised teams capable of playing football in an attractive and attacking style.  Andre shares our long-term ambitions and ethos of developing players and nurturing young talent, and he will be able to do so now at a new world class Training Centre.”

“We are constantly looking to move the Club forward.  It is important that we now look to develop the potential within the squads at all levels, whilst strengthening the First Team in the summer in key positions with players who will become part of the future success of the Club.”

The Portuguese gaffer praised the fans and the traditions of the club. He expressed delight at the opportunity. He brings along two of his back room staff – First Team fitness coach Jose Mario Rocha and Daniel Sousa, head of opposition scouting.

“Tottenham Hotspur is a great club with a strong tradition and fantastic support, both at home and throughout the world.  I feel privileged to be its coach.  For me, this is one of the most exciting coaching positions in the Premier League.  I have had several discussions with the Chairman and the Board and I share their vision for the future progress of the Club.  This is a squad any coach would love to work with and together I believe we can bring success in the seasons ahead.”

Harry Redknapp was sacked as Tottenham manager after guiding the club to a fourth-place finish in the league. Chelsea’s win over Bayern Munich in the Champions League however means they will not be playing in the most glamorous European football competition.

Andre Villas-Boas backs Team Despite Loss to Napoli

Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas says he stands by the team he selected for the 3-1 champions league defeat by Napoli.

The Portuguese left Ashley Cole, Michael Essien, Frank Lampard and Fernando Torres out of his starting eleven.

Cole was however introduced as a 12th-minute substitute for injured Jose Bosingwa while Essien and Lampard came off the bench in the second half with their side two goals adrift.

With Chelsea 17 points off the top of the premier league and facing a tricky FA Cup fifth-round replay away to Birmingham on the 6th march, the Champions League could be the only trophy which the West Londoners still have an interest in by the time of the second leg on the 14th of March.

Villas-Boas insisted that despite his side’s failure to win any of their past five matches, he was confident he would still be in charge when that game is played.