Earlier today Jacques Santini made comments during a French TV interview concerning his role at the club and reasons for his departure. In response to these comments, Daniel Levy, Chairman, has issued the following statement.
"Firstly, I find it totally incomprehensible that Jacques claims not to have understood the role he took at this club or, indeed, his contract which spelt it out. He himself was both coach and then Technical Director at Lyon.
"Secondly, at no time during our discussions did he say or suggest that he had any problems working with Frank. Let me absolutely clear on this point - Jacques asked to leave for personal reasons. He resigned on this basis and that is what he told the players when he left. If he had any other reason for wanting to leave the club then it begs the question of why he did not raise them with us earlier in a professional manner.
"Thirdly, I am absolutely flabbergasted that Jacques should say that he has 'no massive family problems'. If this is the case he has clearly been less than honest with us.
"I am deeply disappointed and personally let down that he has chosen to make these comments late in the day. I cannot help that feel that, given all the events of today, this club both on and off the pitch, is now better equipped to move forward."