Sacked Marseille boss Andre Villas-Boas was desperate to escape from his hellish tenure at the French club, where he is now regarded as a traitor.
That’s according to French football expert, Erik Bielderman, who says the former Spurs boss’ position was untenable after a chaotic period in charge.
In an incredible turn of events Villas-Boas was dismissed as Marseille boss after he had offered to resign as head coach during an extraordinary press conference on Tuesday.
The 43-year-old revealed the club defied his requests NOT to sign Celtic star Olivier Ntcham and then publicly offered his resignation.
That proved to be the final straw for club hierarchy, who rejected his offer of resignation and instead terminated his contract.
Speaking to talkSPORT 2, Bielderman revealed the writing had been on the wall for the once charismatic Villas-Boas as his job at Marseille turned into a nightmare.
“The first press conference with Villas-Boas it was a dream. He was a good talker about football and very kind,” he said.
“But suddenly in the second season everything collapsed. The mood was not there and players like Dimitri Payet were displaying negative behaviour, on and off the pitch.
“Then there was a war in the dressing room between players; Villas-Boas lost control.”
Bielderman alluded to an frosty relationship between Villas-Boas and chairman Jacques-Henri Eyraud as a pivotal factor in his departure and says the club now plan to sue their former employee.
“Andre-Villas Boas is regarded as a traitor and someone who doesn’t respect the rules and makes his own regulations in a press conference. It looks like Marseille are going to sue Villas-Boas,” he explained.
“Chairman Jacques-Henri Eyraud is very aggressive in his words and very pushy – I would say not respecting the tradition of the club.
“He’s someone who doesn’t respect the Marseille culture. He doesn’t like the local way of life and he doesn’t like the local way of thinking.”
He concluded: “He wants to be free and go away. He leaves because him and the chairman hate each other and the players got tired of him.
“He wants to escape from the situation. I blame Villas-Boas for many things in what is happening but I can deeply understand that he wants to go from this hell.”
The latest developments come after Marseille’s Ligue 1 clash against Rennes was postponed last weekend after disgruntled supporters stormed the club’s training complex – with 25 arrests made following the incident.