Andre Villas Boas is a coward – William Gallas

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Ex-France international, Willam Gallas has called former manager Andre Villas Boas a coward for his treatment of him during their spell at Tottenham Hotspur.

The retired defender who won 84 caps for France during his career enjoyed a two-year spell at Tottenham before being ostracised from the team by the Portuguese manager.

Gallas, 40, had 16 Premier League appearances under AVB before suffering a Boxing Day injury that ended his spell in the team. According to Gallas, AVB’s cowardice kept him from seeking a move away during the winter window as he wrongly assumed that he was an integral part of the manager’s plans.

“I was in contact with him because I went to France for treatment. We had an important game, and I called him and asked him if he needed me for the match against Manchester United. He told me: ‘Yes, no…,'” he said.

“I went back to Tottenham and I felt something had changed. At training, every morning, he spoke with the English, he talked to this one and that one but didn’t come to talk to me.” He added.

Gallas went on to describe the manager using colorful language saying the Portuguese manager lacked the ”balls” to say it to his face that his time at the club has come to an end.

“And then I said to him: ‘Coach, I prefer you be frank with me. If you don’t need me anymore, tell me. I’m 34. There are clubs that want me to sign for them, it’s not a problem. I’m 34, if you feel I’m not up to it anymore, there is no problem. He replied: ‘No, I need you, don’t worry.’ He didn’t have the balls,” he added.

AVB who remains the youngest manager to win a European trophy when he lifted the Europa League in 2011 before going to have underwhelming spells at Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur. He refused to the offer to renew his contract at  Shanghai SIPG to fulfill his boyhood dream of competing at the Dakar Rally, which he successfully did in March 2018 before exiting the competition with an injury.

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