Speaking to L’Équipe, Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas heaped more pressure on France Women’s manager Corinne Diacre to step down.
There has been a significant player exodus, with four players, including captain Wendie Renard stepping away from Les Bleues in recent days. In a statement, Renard suggested that she wouldn’t play for France whilst Diacre remained in charge of the side. Perle Morroni, as well as key strikers Marie-Antoinette Katoto and Kadidiatou Diani have since followed suit.
Morroni, an 11-time France international, says that, if she is to wear the French national team jersey again, she would hope that it will be in better circumstances where the values espoused by management are in line with what is expected in high-level football.
Pressure is therefore mounting on Diacre to step down, and Aulas’ comments have further weakened her position as manager of the France women’s side.
“Corine Diacre has been there for six years. There have been highs and lows. We have gotten into a situation of no return. We you see the framework of this French team, you see that is doesn’t compare at all to the big European teams,” said Aulas.
The Lyon president, who is set on “devoting all of his strength to the creation and management of a professional women’s league,” added, “The message sent by the best French players, who are amongst the best in the world, the association can’t sit on that. It is my feeling and my opinion.”
GFFN | Luke Entwistle