“It is more than likely that Marseille will dismiss André Villas-Boas after this defeat. And OM will try to seduce Ernesto Valverde to make him their new coach. “The Spanish journalist Miguel Angel Román dropped this” bomb “on Saturday evening, commenting on the Marseille rout in Monaco (3-1). “It’s a rumor”, denies an Olympian leader, contacted this Sunday.
Román, however, maintains his information, which he says he has from a source in which he has “complete confidence. “This renowned journalist, considered very reliable by his colleagues, affirms that” Marseille leaders have lost confidence in André Villas-Boas. Their idea is to fire him and put Ernesto Valverde to finish the season. “
It is true that the former FC Barcelona coach has been free for a year: he was sacked in January 2020, when his team was tied for first in the championship and qualified for the knockout stages of the Champions League. But Valverde has never regained credit with the leaders after the comeback inflicted by Liverpool in the semi-final of the Champions League in May 2019 (4-0 victory for the English, after a 0-3 defeat).
“We see a man who is no longer ready to fight”
The Spaniard, passed by Athletic Bilbao, Espanyol Barcelona, Villarreal, Olympiakos, Valencia and then Barça, has the CV to succeed André Villas-Boas. But according to the daily Marca, he has no desire to land in Marseille, 6th in Ligue 1. In addition, Jacques-Henri Eyraud does he really want to change coach during the season? The Marseille president believes in stability on the sidelines: in 2019, he refused to dismiss Rudi Garcia during the season. The current OL coach had left the club at the end of the season, which finished in fifth place in Ligue 1.
Separating from a coach is always costly, even five months before the end of a contract. “OM is struggling with considerable financial problems, contextualizes Christophe Bouchet, former Marseille president (from 2002 to 2004). But for me, it would be worth it to move on. “Appeared very nervous in recent weeks, André Villas-Boas, who posted an average of 2.1 points per game at OM until mid-December, has won only one of his last nine games, and remains on 3 failures in a row, a first since 2015.
OM’s season could be played out in the next two weeks: Marseille will receive two heavyweights in the championship, Rennes then Paris, in a fortnight which will also be marked by an energy-intensive trip to Lens. Bouchet wonders: “When Villas-Boas says he is ready to leave if the management asks, we see a man who is no longer ready to fight. The message sent to his players is disastrous. If I were still president of OM, that would give me the impression that he is no longer there. “