Madcap Toulon owner Mourad Boudjellal was so incensed at his sides Top 14 defeat at home to Racing last weekend that he has reportedly put the whole squad up for sale.
With a host of international stars leaving Toulon’s retirement home to play at the World Cup, Boudjellal has decided to field bids for his entire squad. It’s not the first time Boudjellal has taken issue with his players, after last season demanding his southern hemisphere stars returned to France before the end of the tournament or risk having their contracts torn up.
Reports in the French press indicate Boudjellal felt particularly aggrieved at Matt Giteau and Drew Mitchell returning to Australia to join up with the Wallabies having previously promised to attend dinner at the club president’s house.
He also admitted his disappointment that giant forwards Paul O’Connell and Samu Manoa would not be joining him in France in time to compete in his family’s bi-annual tug of war contest. Boudjellal had previously seen the locks as the ideal anchor men for his tug of war team, and is now worried he will have to make do with discarded Frenchman Xavier Chiocci who Boudjellal believes does not sound intimidating enough.
The outburst also comes on the back of Quade Cooper’s U-turn over a move to the French south coast, prompting Boudjellal to claim he will make the Wallaby ‘broker than Greece’ by the time he has finished suing him and the ARU.
Given that he will be missing a host of star names for both the beginning and end of the season, it is easy to understand Boudjellal’s frustrations, however he was aware of the risks involved in signing international quality players instead of actually producing his own talent.
*Parts of this post may have been made up for the purpose of satire.