Even if for the moment Olympique Lyonnais has not formalized the information, the Laurent Blanc experience on the Rhone bench seems to have come to an end. According to L'Équipe, the 57-year-old coach learned of his layoff prior to dismissal from the mouths of his leaders last Friday, in the midst of the international break. “It’s over,” Blanc’s entourage confirmed to AFP.
An announcement that should not have surprised Laurent Blanc much, as his future seemed to be played out since the heavy defeat suffered at home against Paris SG (1-4) a week earlier. The former coach of the France team will therefore not have resisted the worst start to the OL championship in its history, since Lyon had never been last in Ligue 1, except on a night of the first. day in 1995 (defeat in Nîmes, 3-0).
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Appointed on October 9, 2022, the 1998 world champion will not have lasted a year in a position that has become particularly unstable in Lyon, with Sylvinho, Rudi Garcia and Peter Bosz succeeding one another since 2019 at a particularly sustained pace. It now remains to be seen who will be next on the list, with the name of the Italian Gennaro Gattuso coming back insistently.
In the meantime, still according to L'Équipe, "Tuesday's training will be provided by Jean-François Vulliez, who was part of Laurent Blanc's staff, and who will have as deputies Sonny Anderson (advisor to the president) and Jérémie Bréchet, current coach U19s.” A trio that should not be expected to last over time.