By Frank McAvennie

8th Feb, 2021 | 6:00pm

McAvennie: This is what Villas-Boas will be saying 'behind the scenes' to Ntcham

Frank McAvennie feels sorry for Olivier Ntcham after Marseille manager Andre Villas-Boas offered his resignation upon the midfielder’s arrival from Celtic.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the Parkhead legend suggested that the 24-year-old has been scapegoated by Villas-Boas.

Marseille completed the loan signing of the French midfielder on deadline day after this site revealed that the two clubs had agreed on a loan-to-buy deal.

However, as quoted by Sky Sports, Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas was incensed by Ntcham’s arrival after he told the club’s board that he did not want to sign the player.

The former Chelsea and Tottenham manager subsequently offered his resignation to the club but rather than accept it, Marseille chiefs chose to suspend the 43-year-old.

When asked if he sympathised with Ntcham’s situation, McAvennie told Football Insider:

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“It’s crazy. Villas-Boas would not resign because of Ntcham, he has probably never even met him. It is about players being brought in without the manager’s approval. That is what it sounds like if you read between the lines.

“I feel sorry for Ntcham thought because he is walking into that.

“I am sure behind the scenes the manager will say, ‘It is nothing to do with you.’ I am a great believer in the manager buying the players, not the chief executive or whoever.

“It is a strange one. I feel for the boy walking into that. It is a shame.

“My God, talk about wanting to feel loved. He couldn’t settle at Celtic, he goes over there and what a great start!” 

In other news, McAvennie grades Peter Lawwell for his 18-year reign at Celtic.