Lyon sack Sylvinho: Possible replacements Wenger and Blanc?


Olympique Lyon has decided to sack the Brazilian manager Sylvinho after appointing him in the summer. The 45-year-old had an impressive playing career, but his appointment to one of the biggest clubs in France had to be looked like an experiment seeing how he never led a club.

Before Lyon, Sylvinho has only served as an assistant in numerous Brazilian clubs and in Inter Milan, while leading the Brasil's Olympic games team. Now, the experiment has officially failed.

After nine matches, Lyon has collected the same amount of points - despite a positive goal-difference 14:9 - and the last weekend's defeat to bitter rivals St. Ettiene 1:0 was a drop too much. The sporting director of the club Juninho and the argumentative president Jean-Michel Aulas fired the former Corinthians, Arsenal, Celta, Barcelona, and Manchester City player.

Club's coach Gerald Baticle will conduct training until a permanent solution is found. And this is where things get interesting.

There are several names that are available to Lyon, theoretically. In the order of most realistic to least, it's Laurant Blanc, Arsene Wenger, Marcelino, and Jose Mourinho.

Laurent Blanc is without a job since his three-year stint at Paris Saint-Germain, during which he won three Ligue 1 titles. The Frenchman was leading Bordeaux at the start of his managerial career, and then the national team of France before going to PSG.

Hiring Arsene Wenger might be the most exciting possibility for neutral football fans as many are wondering how much were the board and the players' mentalities holding back the Professor at Arsenal. In his last years at the Emirates at least. The legendary manager recently revealed that he passed on Premier League clubs in the summer, narrowing his possibilities for a future job.

"I'm an Arsenal man and after that, I'm a professional. I can't stop working. I decided to move out of the Premier League because I am too linked with Arsenal. I had opportunities to work in England but I turned them down. I don't want to tell you because there are people in charge and it would unfair to them," said Wenger.

Valencia inexplicably fired Marcelino this season after the manager brought the club the first trophy in 11 years and two consecutive Champions League spots in La Liga. On the other hand, Jose Mourinho is also free and looking for a big club. Which Lyon certainly is. But the question is whether Aulas will be ready to pay the Portuguese and whether Mourinho is hoping for an even bigger position.


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