Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that a crisis meeting was held between himself and Sporting Director Juninho on Saturday afternoon after the club lost 1-0 at home to Nantes, which represented their seventh consecutive match in all competitions without a win.
“With Juninho, we worked very long throughout Saturday afternoon. We thought about the different things that we could put into place. I also spoke with Bernard Lacombe. Although he has taken a backseat for a period of time, I wanted his view. I also spoke with Gérard Houllier with whom I work a lot. As I explained before the match vs Nantes, we were on a run of three matches. Despite our last match, we showed some things (vs Nantes) that suggest we are going in the right direction. We must not forget that we are still at the very beginning of the season. That’s why I found some of the criticism very harsh. Some believe that the situations of Juninho and Sylvinho are no longer tolerable. I do not think that’s the case. We must give ourselves the means to respond against Leipzig on Wednesday and St Étienne in the derby on Sunday. Making decisions too quickly is not a habit that this institution has. I have asked Juninho and Sylvinho to work together even more closely.”