Speaking in an interview with L’Équipe, Lyon Sporting Director Juninho explained the club’s decision to choose Rudi Garcia over Laurent Blanc and Jocelyn Gourvennec in October and admitted that he made a mistake in hiring Sylvinho.
“It was not only me (who chose Rudi Garcia), but my opinion was listened to. Otherwise, what would be the point in having me here… Be careful, I am a fan of Laurent Blanc, both as a player and a manager, I played against him in both scenarios. We also spoke with Jocelyn Gourvennec and he is a very good young manager, but owing to the situation that we were in at this moment, Rudi had great tactical capacity and seemed the most capable of taking hits… I messed up (hiring Sylvinho). When you look at the results, he was not ready to take over at Lyon. We wanted to do something different in pre-season.”