Juninho is Lyon’s next Sporting Director – but who will manage?

As reported by L’Équipe, ex-player and club legend Juninho is returning to Lyon as Sporting Director effective quasi-immediately.

But, they have yet to choose their replacement for manager Bruno Génésio – they have decided not to do so until the end of the season – Laurent Blanc, Julien Stéphan and Patrick Vieira are all preferred options, but for the moment there has been no advance in discussions for anyone of the trio.

Aulas likes Christophe Galtier (Lille), but he is not available. Vieira might be owing to the continued board uncertainty at OGC Nice, Blanc and Stéphan are desperately looking for opportunities.

A series of other candidates are also in the fray: ex-players – 38-year-old Atletico Madrid assistant Tiago, whose interests are being managed by Jorge Mendes, is someone who OL are looking closely at. Mikel Arteta, Pep Guardiola’s assistant, is another individual in contention: he has no experience as a #1 either. The other individual is Sylvinho, current boss of Brazil’s U23s. Aged 45, he worked as an assistant for Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan.


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