Laurent Blanco former French coach and former coach of Paris Saint-Germain has been sacked as coach of Lyon which he managed for almost a year, due to poor results and Jean-François Vulliez, Blanc’s assistant, will temporarily take over the team, according to The group.
Blanc, 57 years old and a legendary French center back (world champion in 1998 and European champion in 2000), has been sidelined since he lost 1-4 at home on September 3 against PSG.
The coach, who has a contract until June 2024, also has a dispute with the new owner of OL, the American investor John Textor – who replaced the legendary Jean-Michel Aulas -, for the reinforcements of team, in a context of austerity. salary and transfer.
The group reports that Vulliez, from Blanc’s technical team and former director of the OL quarry, will have as assistants former Brazilian player Sonny Anderson (current advisor to the presidency) and Jérémie Bréchet, coach of the under 19s.
It is rumored that the Italian Gennaro Gattuso (previously in Valencia) could be a definitive solution for OL, at least until the end of this season, where the club – one of the most successful in France – does not play in Europe.
Blanc, signed in October 2022, barely managed the Rhône club for 37 games (18 wins, 7 draws and 12 losses).
His return to the bench has been widely reported since his departure from PSG in June 2016 he only managed Al-Rayyan SC in Qatar for a year and a half (December 2020-February 2022).
The former defender (former Barcelona and Inter player, among other clubs) has a career as a coach from more to less.
He began coaching the Girondins de Bordeaux in 2007, where he won the 2009 French championship; He managed France for two years (until he was dismissed after losing in the quarterfinals of the 2012 Euro Cup against Spain); and he coached PSG in three award-winning seasons (2013-2016), with league and cup titles, and which placed the Parisian club in the European elite (three Champions League quarterfinals).