why the Sylvinho experience came to an end at Olympique Lyonnais

Sylvinho, in the match against Leipzig on 2 October. Jens Meyer / AP

"We can not do nothing. The sentence of Jean-Michel Aulas, the president of Olympique Lyonnais, dates from Sunday night, after the conceded defeat in the last seconds in Saint-Etienne in the derby (1-0). Just 24 hours later, the sanctions were taken.

In a statement released Monday, October 7 in the evening, the football club announced it decided to "To implement a procedure that may lead to the termination of the employment contract" from his coach, the Brazilian Sylvinho (45 years old).

Sylvinho had offered himself a reprieve, the week spent in Leipzig (2-0), in a confusing match in the Champions League, which allows Lyon to occupy the lead of their group at the Zenith Saint-Petersburg. But the defeat against the Greens will have been too much.

The Brazilian joins the club very closed coaches whose Jean-Michel Aulas separated during the season. Evidence that the situation had become untenable.

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  • Bad balance sheet and lack of a game plan

The record of the successor of Bruno Génésio, the coach ousted at the end of last season by OL, is starving: only three wins in eleven matches, and a single success on the last nine meetings.

In the league, Lyon has not won since a big 6-0 win over Angers on August 16th. Sylvinho's team, which is often feverish, lost six points in the last five minutes of four games against Amiens, Paris, Brest and Saint-Etienne.

"What is disturbing is that we are producing less game. This team, with the talent it has, is able to be more aggressive. Juninho

Accustomed to struggles for the first places, OL decided to stop the experiment for fear of jeopardizing its European chances. After eight days, the Gones point to 14th place, and have only one point ahead of the relegation teams. The podium, he is already seven points.

On the form, it's not much better. Can not see the sketch of a game plan, a strategy in the copies made by the team.

"What is disturbing is that we produce less game. This team, with the talent it has, is able to produce the game, to take the opponent a little higher, to be more aggressive ", already pointed out the sporting director Lyonnais, Juninho, before the game lost against Nantes (1-0), at the end of September.

Sunday, at Geoffroy-Guichard, the former star of Gerland "Was appalled at the conservatism applied by his compatriot, as well as by certain choices of men", reports The Team, Tuesday, October 8th.

  • Will Sylvinho's ouster lead to a wider reorganization?

The fall of Sylvinho is a failure for Juninho, but it will not necessarily lead to his departure. The new sports director, who had imposed his compatriot on his arrival this summer, remains at his post as promised by Jean-Michel Aulas before the match won in Leipzig (2-0):

" For me (Juninho's situation is independent of Sylvinho), because I am convinced that Juninho is a good person, a competent person, who is 100% involved and who feels football. He is not a careerist and, in his statements, he does not protect himself. Me, I remain in my belief to want to give power to former great sportsmen. "

Jean-Michel Aulas, however, had to return to one of his convictions. While he had to take a step back, the poor performance of his club forced the Lyon president out of his reserve.

Now remains to know if in the new organization chart installed early in the season, only the name of the coach will change, or if it will be shaken and revised in its entirety.

  • Who will be the new coach?

Anyway, OL has two weeks to find a new coach. The options are finally quite numerous for the leaders of Lyon.

A former member of the house, Rémi Garde is available, as well as Rudi Garcia (ex-coach of Marseille), Jocelyn Gourvennec (former coach of Guingamp), but also recognized foreign coaches as José Mourinho (licensed by Manchester United at the end of 2018) and Claudio Ranieri (part of AS Roma at the end of last season).

L'Equipe, Tuesday, quotes the track of Laurent Blanc (53 years), present "As an ideal profile" and that the direction of OL "Should meet". In the meantime, Gérald Baticle, former deputy of Génésio and Sylvinho will lead the training.

The Lyonnais will find the competition on October 19th. It will be against Dijon (19e), in a match that will already be crucial for the new Lyon coach.


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