Lyon part ways with ‘French legend’ four games into new season, close to hiring Italian national team coach

Lyon part ways with ‘French legend’ four games into new season, close to hiring Italian national team coach

Olympique Lyonnais is close to hiring Italian international Fabio Grosso as its new head coach.

On the 14th (KST), Fabrizio Romano, a journalist who contributes to British media outlets such as The Guardian, announced on his X (formerly Twitter) account that “Coach Grosso is going to Lyon,” adding, “An agreement has been reached. They are now organizing the details and preparing to sign.”

Lyon announced on November 11 that they had terminated the contract of Laurent Blanc by mutual consent. It was essentially a dismissal, as the club’s results have not met expectations. The club finished last season in seventh place in the league under Blanc, who took over last October. The start of the 2023-2024 season was even worse. The team only managed one draw and three losses, including a 1-4 defeat at home to Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) in the fourth round. The club’s standings plummeted to the bottom of the French Ligue 1, and the board decided to make a quick decision.토토사이트

Several managers had been in the running for the job since the rumors of Blanc’s departure began. Graham Potter, who resigned from Chelsea in April, was one of the candidates, but it was reported that he decided not to take the job at Lyon after some deliberation.

It was then suggested that Lyon were in talks with Gennaro Gattuso, who has coached AC Milan, Napoli and Valencia. More recently, it has been reported that the club has turned to another Italian coach, Grosso, who is close to being appointed.

Grosso began his coaching career with the Juventus youth team and made his first-team coaching debut with Italian club Bari. He then went on to manage Elasverona, Brescia, and Sion before taking over at Frosinone. After leading Frosinone to the Italian Serie B title and promotion last season, he stepped down and was ready for a new challenge.

Grosso has a history with Lyon. He joined the club from Inter Milan in the summer of 2007 as a player and stayed for two years before leaving for Juventus. Grosso has also played for the Italian national team and has brought painful memories to France. In the 2006 World Cup Final in Germany, where Italy and France faced off, he played full time at left back for Italy and was the final kicker in the penalty shootout that gave Italy the trophy.

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