You would think that a new player will be nervous about signing for a new club, so seeing the manager literally quit because they didn’t want you isn’t exactly the confidence booster that Olivier Ntcham was hoping for.
The French midfielder returned to France on loan from Celtic yesterday, but it was immediately turned into a circus as the Portuguese manager publicly stated he wanted to quit after the deal was done:
Breaking | Marseille manager André Villas-Boas announces that he has offered his resignation this morning after the club signed Olivier Ntcham when he didn’t want him. More follows.
— Get French Football News (@GFFN) February 2, 2021
This isn’t the first time that he’s had a strop at Marseille and tried to quit so it’s not overly surprising, but it clearly shows that the manager and the board weren’t on the same page when it came to making big decisions.
It looks like Ntcham is the replacement for Morgan Sanson who left for Aston Villa, but it does make you wonder what the hell is going on behind the scenes at the club.
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The Celtic loanee isn’t a bad player – he’s a fairly complete midfielder who could make a big impact if he’s given regular minutes, but he’s not played enough this season so he can’t be seen as an upgrade on Sanson at this point.
It’s since been confirmed that Marseille have “dismissed” Villas-Boas so that suggests they’ve sacked him rather than letting the resignation go through, so it’s a dreadful look for the club.
It must be a surreal moment for Ntcham, so let’s hope he goes on to do well and make this whole episode even more bizarre.