John Textor’s rush to appoint Lyon’s next manager increases Gennaro Gattuso’s chances of succeeding Laurent Blanc

According to L’ÉquipeOlympique Lyonnais are in a rush to appoint Laurent Blanc’s successor, which plays to the advantage of leading contender Gennaro Gattuso. 

After weeks of speculation, Laurent Blanc left Lyon on Monday. He leaves the side bottom of Ligue 1 with just one point in four games. According to L’Équipe, in private, Textor regrets having kept Blanc on this summer, which would naturally have given the American owner more time to find the Frenchman’s successor. 

As it is, Textor is now rushing. The American owner does not have the intention of allowing interim pair Jérémire Bréchet and Jean-François Vulliez to take charge of Sunday’s match against Le Havre. This rush to hire Blanc’s successor helps Gattuso, according to L’Équipe. If another candidate does not emerge soon, the Italian manager, who is coming off the back of an unsuccessful spell at Valencia, will become Textor’s default choice. Gattuso is the option being pushed by Jorge Mendes, who is seeking to place one of his clients in the dugout at the Groupama Stadium. 

GFFN | Luke Entwistle

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