Andre Villas-Boas offers resignation over Nitcham signing

Andre Villas-Boas says he has offered his resignation, following a disagreement over Marseille’s signing of Olivier Nitcham from Celtic.

Speaking to the press, Villas-Boas confirmed that he had offered his resignation this morning after expressing to the club that he didn’t want to sign Nitcham.

“It was not a decision that I took. It was specifically a player that 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 Marseille website.” (via GetFootballNewsFrance)

“I offered my resignation through saying that I was not in agreement with the sporting strategy.

“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.

“Now I am focused on Lens. For me they are the team of the year. We are not going to be able to prepare in the best conditions. And I will continue until such time that the board asks me to leave.”


The news will only add to the huge unrest surrounding the Ligue 1 side. Their game against Rennes at the weekend was postponed after fans stormed Marseille’s Robert Louis-Dreyfus training complex on Saturday, demanding the resignation of club president Jacques Henri Eyraud.

Villas-Boas insisted those events had no influence on his decision to hand in his resignation though.

“It has nothing to do with the weekend incidents, it’s to do with the sporting side of things.

“Even the departure of Nemanja (Radonjic) I was only informed about in the evening.

“I’m waiting for a response from the management and if it’s a no (to the resignation) then we continue.

“I repeat, I don’t want any money I just want to leave. I want to be clear with you.”

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