in Lyon, the future of Bosz more than ever dotted


The Dutch technician assures that he does not feel threatened, president Jean-Michel Aulas evokes « a bashing » against his club, seventh at nine points from the podium, without a European Cup to play for. « We are going to prepare the match against Toulouse to win it and then we will take stock, » said « JMA » again, without expanding further.

In the past, the 73-year-old leader has already made this type of remark to save time, when the ship was rocking, as in the fall of 2010 when the pressure was very strong around Claude Puel.

Lower requirement

A point had to be made after several matches but the technician had finished the season, in a tense atmosphere, with a third place.

For several weeks in his weekly column published by the regional newspaper Le Progrès, but also on Wednesday in the sports daily L’Equipe, the club’s former international striker Sidney Govou has pointed out « incompetence » in the president’s entourage. In particular, he lost his historical advisers. Bernard Lacombe, who knew how to step up to the plate in front of the workforce, retired in 2019 and Gérard Houllier, a fine diplomat and with powerful recruitment networks, died two years ago.

Govou also pointed to a lower requirement at all levels. It can result in differences of attitude on the part of the president.

31 years ago, after five consecutive defeats (four in the league and one elimination from the Coupe de France), Aulas confided his annoyance to the media.

“We considered the match to be good but I didn’t agree and I let it be known. The team, cutesy by the way, which I can’t stand, purred as it has for weeks. Considering that there is no consistency between the promises made and the facts, I react, it is my role as president, ”he said. The coach was Raymond Domenech and Lyon had moved up to D1 in 1989.

Guy Stéphan is « not threatened but threatening », he confided in the fall of 1996, shortly before a 7-0 defeat at Auxerre which will lead to his sidelining. And that’s not to mention the evictions of the Brazilian Sylvinho in October 2019 after seven unsuccessful matches (14th after nine days) or of Hubert Fournier during the 2015-2016 winter break when OL had only taken one point on the last six days, finding themselves ninth just six lengths from second.

Change of ownership

Despite the sporting disappointments, the future of Bosz could not be decided in the short term, OL being currently in the process of changing its shareholding.

The conclusion of exclusive negotiations with the American John Textor who is to acquire 67% of the shares and, within a few months, 90% against only 8% for Jean-Michel Aulas (who should remain executive chairman), has been postponed from September 30 to October 21.

It seems hardly conceivable that a new technician be appointed before this deadline.

This would suggest that OL can go with this organization until the 15th day and the « World Cup » truce, not to mention that the Lyon club must find an available candidate to become the fifth coach since 2019, a waltz unprecedented in Lyon.

However, Bosz is inevitably in difficulty with the declarations of Vincent Ponsot, director of football, to several media, evoking « intermediate passage times and objectives to be fulfilled fixed for the truce ».

The players, little or not used by the Dutchman, can therefore be tempted not to fight for him, hoping for the arrival of a new coach who would reshuffle the cards.

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