Andre Villas-Boas to Resign as Marseille Manager

Andre Villas-Boas with FC Zenit in 2014. Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images

The past week has resulted in a situation of complete chaos at Olympique Marseille after disputes between ownership and sporting director Andoni Zubizarreta led to the Spaniard’s dismissal.

Now, it appears that manager Andre Villas-Boas, who has a close relationship with Zubizarreta, will not agree to continue coaching under a new sporting director.

He is expected to resign this weekend as Marseille’s manager.

Villas-Boas, who took over for the French club after the conclusion of the 2018-19 season, had put together one of the most successful campaigns in recent memory for Les Phocéens.

Marseille finished the Ligue 1 season, which was cut short thanks to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in second place, its best finish in many years which qualified them for next season’s Champions League for the first time since 2013-14.

Villas-Boas, formerly the coach at Porto, Chelsea, and Tottenham Hotspur, has still not officially handed in his resignation, but all signs point to him doing so within the next few days.

This sudden uncertainty at Olympique Marseille puts the positivity generated by their strong 2019-20 season in jeopardy as they head into the 2020-21 in uncharted waters.

Now, Marseille owner Frank McCourt and president Jacques-Henri Eyraud will be tasked with finding both a new sporting director and a new coach.