Olympique de Marseille announced on Tuesday that it has reached an agreement with its former coach André Villas-Boas, who resigned on February 2 because he did not agree with the club’s sports policy.
“Olympique de Marseille announces the termination of André Villas-Boas’ contract by mutual agreement,” he said in a statement thanking him for “his contribution” during his 19 months of work and wishing him “the best” for the future.
The French club did not specify the terms of the agreement reached with the Portuguese coach, whom he replaces, as reported last Friday, the Argentine Jorge Sampaoli.
Villas-Boas, 43, arrived at Marseille at the beginning of last season with the then Spanish sports director Andoni Zubizarreta.
The reasons for the departure of Villas-Boas
“I don’t want anything from Marseille, I don’t want money. I just want to leave because of my discrepancies with sports policy. It’s a shame to come to this,” he said on February 2 at the press conference in which he presented his resignation.
In that appearance, he criticized the club’s performance during the recent winter market, contrary to his wishes, and confessed to having opposed the arrival of Olivier Ntcham, from Celtic Glasgow.
Nasser Larguer, the interim
Until the imminent incorporation of Sampaoli, who arrived in Marseille on Tuesday but must remain in quarantine, the team has been led by the director of the club’s training center, Nasser Larguet.