Lyon announced on its official website on Sunday that Peter Bosz, his assistant coach Rob Maas and fitness coach Terry Peters will be sacked immediately, and former France national team manager Laurent Blanc will take over as the club’s new head coach immediately.
According to Lyon’s official statement, because the club’s recent results is bad, the club’s executives made the decision to sack Bosz after internal discussions, in order to consolidate the club’s ambitions for the club’s ambitious plans for domestic and European competitions.
At the same time, Lyon also revealed that Blanc had signed a short-term contract with the club for two years which will expire at the summer of 2024.
Returning to coach in home country after 6 years
This appointment marks the first time that Blanc has returned to coach in Ligue 1 since the summer of 2016.
The 56-year-old Laurent Blanc has played for Manchester United, Inter Milan, Barcelona, Auxerre, Montpellier and other clubs during his playing days. During which he was also one of the integral members of France’s 1998 FIFA World Cup winning squad.
After retiring, Blanc started his coaching career in Bordeaux in 2007, during which he led the team to win 1 Ligue 1 title and 1 Coupe de la Ligue.
With a good record, Blanc succeeded Raymond Domenech as France national team head coach in 2010. However, as Les Bleus failed to win the EUROs in 2012 , Blanc resigned after the tournament.
In the summer of 2013, Blanc succeeded Carlo Ancelotti as the new head coach of Paris Saint-Germain. During this period, although Blanc led his team to win three consecutive Ligue 1, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions titles, Blanco was sacked by Les Parisiens owner Nasser al-Khelaifi in the summer of 2016 after failing to win the Champions League.
After that, Blanc was idle at home for 4 years, and it was not until December 2020 that he made a comeback by taking over the head coaching position of Qatar Stars League powerhouse, Al-Rayyan. However, due to poor results, Blanc was sacked in February this year.
It is worth mentioning that after “The Baby-Faced Assassin” Ole Gunnar Solskjær was sacked last year, Blanc had been linked with his old club Manchester United, but the rumour eventually died down. As a result, Ralf Rangnick became the one who took over the interim managerial post instead.
In addition, Lyon had only recently refuted reports that they have no intention of sacking Bosz, but this U-turn might not only related to the club’s poor results, but it may also be related to President Jean-Michel Aulas’ desire to sell the club.
Blanc is the 16th head coach in Lyon’s history. Les Gones is currently 8th with 14 points, but has been winless across 5 consecutive games in Ligue 1.
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