Jean-Michel Aulas denies Lyon are looking for a sporting director from outside

Reacting to a report from today’s L’Équipe, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has denied that the club is looking to bring in a sporting director, insisting that he is working directly with newly-arrived majority shareholder John Textor. He has also reaffirmed his role within the club, highlighting that he has been president since 1987 and will remain so going forward.

L’Équipe had indicated that although Aulas intends to promote head of recruitment Bruno Cheyrou to the position – the president had indicated as much in an interview last month with Le Monde – Textor had reached out to potential candidates abroad. 

The shake-up would in any case be dependent on the arrival of a sporting advisor – the position previously occupied former striker Bernard Lacombe, and then former manager Gérard Houllier before the latter’s passing in 2020. Another club legend in ex-striker Sonny Anderson, as well as two other ex-players including another Brazilian in Edmilson, are said to be in the race for the role.

GFFN | Raphaël Jucobin 

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