Laurent Blanc, a “President” at the relaunch of OL

Since his forced departure from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, Laurent Blanc has been a bit like the Arlesian of French football. Often approached, often announced, we never saw the tip of the nose as the Alesien did not seem to be in a hurry to reconnect with the high level. In December 2020, he was out of his chosen idle and passion for golf when he signed for Qatar club Al-Rayyan. He had been sacked in February 2022 for a failure: no title won. Since then, the taciturn former Blues center-back, 1998 world champion, had publicly expressed a desire to find a club.

It has been done since “the President” – nicknamed during his years as a football player – accepted the proposal of another president, that of Olympique Lyonnais. To replace Peter Bosz, sacked, Jean-Michel Aulas has chosen Laurent Blanc, who will move to the Rhone for two seasons, plus one option. “This decision was made to give Olympique Lyonnais a very ambitious dimension for the future, both on the French and continental scene”OL explains on Sunday 9 October in a press release.

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Two wills finally met, given that in 2019 the Lyon coach had already thought of Blanc, after the exoneration of the Brazilian Sylvinho. In January 2022 Aulas had confirmed this during an interview with Europa 1: “Yes, I’m thinking about it. He is a guy with an unmatched experience. I had seen him for some time in Russia during the World Cup. I felt that ability in him. Things didn’t happen. But do we ever know? “

It must be said that Laurent Blanc is typically an “aulasso-compatible” choice. The OL manager appreciates the personality of the man and the classic profile of the coach. As a bonus, Blanc has an eloquent record: a brace with Bordeaux in 2009 then another three league titles, three French Cups and three League Cups with PSG in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“In Paris I said to myself: ‘You have nothing to lose'”

In an interview, which will air on Tuesday, but of which BeIN Sports aired an excerpt on Sunday, Blanc responded with a ” Yes “ sound and firm on the question of whether he felt ready to resume service.

After a first successful experience in Gironde, the young coach was scammed in May 2010, against a compensation of 2 million euros, by the French Football Association (FFF), eager to find a successor to Raymond Domenech. The Knysna fiasco occurred a month later during the South African World Cup, and it was a tattered French team that Laurent Blanc would recover.

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