André Villas-Boas left his position as coach of French side Marseille earlier this week, and according to reports another Portuguese could be set to replace him at the Stade Velodrome.

Villas-Boas announced his resignation on Tuesday, having clashed with the Marseille board over transfers at the end of the window. The former Porto boss had suggested as recently as last week that he did not expect to remain with the club much longer, and his exit comes after 18 months in the Marseille dugout.

“I went ahead with my resignation because I do not agree with the club's sports policy,” Villas-Boas said. “I don't want anything from Marseille, I don't want money.”

The tipping point in the 43-year-old’s relationship with the sporting directors appears to have been the signing of Olivier Ntcham from Celtic, whom Villas-Boas reportedly learned had been signed through media outlets. “He is a player that I rejected, he was not on our list. I do not agree with the sports policy. This club has gone two or three years with practically no reinforcements,” added Villas-Boas.

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With the Marseille job vacant, Brazilian outlet Globoesporte claim Palmeiras manager Abel Ferreira has been contacted over the possibility of taking the position. Abel, who last weekend won the Copa Libertadores with Palmeiras, has a contract with Verdão until 2022.

Intriguingly, Villas-Boas himself has already been linked with a new job: at Palmeiras’ city rivals São Paulo. Fernando Diniz was sacked by the club this week after an incredible collapse in form, leading Villas-Boas’ name to be linked with a switch to Brazil.

Villas-Boas' salary demands are expected to be problematic in any negotiations for São Paulo, but the prospect of Abel Ferreira and André Villas-Boas swapping cities is further evidence of the high demand being placed on Portuguese coaches across the world of football.

By Sean Gillen

@SeanGillen9

 

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What are AVB’s salary demands?

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I don't think it has reached the stage of him making demands, but the pessimism is because he was earning €6.5m per year at Marseille. To put it into context, that's more than Jorge Jesus was earning even after his renewal at Flamengo. I think...

I don't think it has reached the stage of him making demands, but the pessimism is because he was earning €6.5m per year at Marseille. To put it into context, that's more than Jorge Jesus was earning even after his renewal at Flamengo. I think Sao Paulo would need him to accept much lower - perhaps half. But he said he doesn't want money...

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Thanks for the update Sean. AvB is Porto's version of Jorge Jesus: a hype job who owes his success to the team he fielded more than his own ability.

Also like Jorge Jesus, he is a Ginger Judas that betrayed the club that made him. He's not a...

Thanks for the update Sean. AvB is Porto's version of Jorge Jesus: a hype job who owes his success to the team he fielded more than his own ability.

Also like Jorge Jesus, he is a Ginger Judas that betrayed the club that made him. He's not a bad manager, but what has he done outside his time at Porto? Nothing really.

Abel is a decent manager as well but I think what we are seeing is that the quality of football in Brasil and Latin America in general, has really dropped off. Jesus and Abel are not scouted or chased by any of the big clubs in Portugal, outside of Porto, Benfica and Sporting. So, I think AvB's relative drop off is an indication that not all managers are as good as they were made to be in 1-2 seasons.

That said, he did get Marseille to 2nd place in France last season, which isn't bad. But this year's Champion's League was insane. 1 win and 5 losses in the group stage. I think that says it all.

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I don't think AvB ever played. He's a product of having a good mentor yet his mentor hasn't done much. He seems to have inherited his character too. AvB is the Steve Jobs of Mourinhos. His football is outdated.
Have you ever seen a more disliked...

I don't think AvB ever played. He's a product of having a good mentor yet his mentor hasn't done much. He seems to have inherited his character too. AvB is the Steve Jobs of Mourinhos. His football is outdated.
Have you ever seen a more disliked manager than Mourinho? I almost feel bad for him. His players do not respect him, and they will turn on him when the opportunity arrives. Guys like Kane won't because of honor. Guys like Kane deserve better though. Mourinho will get his though from the guys like Pogba. He doesn't mesh well with Pogba-esque players.

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I remember watching AVB's Marseille play in an exhibition once in 2019. Good to see him back in management, and to leave on principle.

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Hate to be the one to tell you, but he's not leaving on principle as he doesn't have any. He's leaving because this season has been shit under his management and rather than accept the blame, he incited a riot and incited an attack on the...

Hate to be the one to tell you, but he's not leaving on principle as he doesn't have any. He's leaving because this season has been shit under his management and rather than accept the blame, he incited a riot and incited an attack on the training ground.

AvB thinks he's better than everyone else and takes no responsibility for his role when things go wrong. It happened at Chelsea, Tottenham and now in Marseille.

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