'Shocking Management' - Top pundit savages senior man after Celtic exit confirmed
Alan Hutton has ripped into the “shocking management” of Andre Villas-Boas after Olivier Ntcham completed a loan move from Celtic to Marseille.
The former Rangers and Scotland star, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, believes the 23-year-old’s confidence will have taken a major hit after his new boss castigated the club over his capture.
As quoted by Sky Sports at his pre-match press conference, the Portuguese manager revealed he had “said no” to signing Ntcham and offered his resignation to the Marseille board over the club’s transfer policy.
The Ligue 1 outfit have since suspended Villas-Boas pending disciplinary actions regarding his critical comments.
Celtic confirmed Ntcham had sealed a temporary switch back to France on Monday and, as revealed by Football Insider, Marseille have an obligation to buy the midfielder at the end of his loan spell.
Hutton admitted he was stunned by what Villas-Boas had to say about the Hoops loanee and suggested it would be a sucker punch for the midfielder’s confidence.
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Hutton told Football Insider: “Absolutely shocking. I mean, I can’t even believe he’s come out and said that if I’m honest.
“This is a guy who’s managed at a high level and to come out and just say that in the press is really poor, really shocking management. That’s just my opinion.
“I mean we’re talking about a young boy here that’s a decent player, he’s moving to the club and you come out and say that? His confidence must be hit, mine would be.
“If I’d just signed for a new club and the manager came out in the press the next day and said: ‘I don’t want him, I’m resigning,’ how do you think that makes me feel?
“It’s a real bad one and Villas-Boas should know better than that. That’s really poor managing on his part.”