Laurent Blanc, the great comeback. Olympique Lyonnais announced in a press release on Sunday evening the entry of the former Girondins de Bordeaux coach, the French team and Paris Saint-Germain as their team’s new coach after his poor start to the season and his streak of five consecutive games without a win. Six years after leaving PSG, Blanc will therefore find a bench in Ligue 1, a championship he has won four times with FCGB and PSG.
For OL and the 1998 world champion, this long-heralded union is finally coming true. He has signed for two seasons, including this one, until June 30, 2024. According to L’Equipe, his new assistant, Franck Passi, will accompany him on his adventure in the Rhone.
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Bosz suspended as a precaution
The arrival of Laurent Blanc also marks the end of Peter Bosz’s adventure. OL announced that he has provisionally sacked his Dutch coach and his assistants. A more legal procedure than anything else, the time to find an agreement for their departure. In any case, Lyon will go to the cashier.
“Given the disappointing results obtained at the beginning of the season, which remain well below the expectations and objectives set, Olympique Lyonnais informs in a protective way of the dismissal of Peter Bosz, as coach of the professional team, in addition to those of Rob Maas , assistant coach, and Terry Peters, physical trainer“, Specified OL in his text.
Textor participated in the decision for White
The statement from OL also specified that John Textor, who will become the next majority shareholder of Lyon from 21 October (the purchase procedure has been postponed for a few weeks), had taken part in the reflection and decision.
“Inside, a reflection was carried out to find the necessary levers to allow the team to restart on a solid basis to be in line with OL’s ambitions this season. (…) This decision was unanimously taken by the entire institution to give Olympique Lyonnais a very ambitious dimension for the future, both on the French and continental stage.“said the club.
Free of any commitment since leaving Qatar and Al-Rayyan in February 2022, an ultimately inconclusive fifteen-month experience, Blanc has several challenges ahead of him. Before straightening an OL in full crisis and whose squad was poorly built, then prove that he has not lost his hand in a championship he knows by heart. The President is back.
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