Speaking to our colleagues at France Football, Lyon President Jean Michel Aulas has reflected on stepping down from his position.
He had the following to say:
“No one is eternal. What will happen if there ever was a glitch? The model that we are currently developing at the club is to secure the future. It is not related to the personality of a president or another person. I’ll be 66 in March. I will not stay until I’m 80 years old at the helm of Olympique Lyonnais. So yes, I am preparing my succession and I am reflecting of course. That of Cegid too, but first I want to ensure that the system is sufficient in itself economically. After that, there are a lot of good people inside the club that can manage this. I’m not going to tell you that tomorrow morning, I am going to sell or pass the baton. For now, I will try to ensure that the organisation put in place for twenty-five years is stabilised for the future. So it can work without me eventually.”