Already conflicting, as evidenced by the outbursts that occurred after OL’s defeat against Strasbourg or the call for resignation via a petition published yesterday, the current relationship between OL supporters and the club’s main leaders could become strained. a little more after reading the interview with Jean-Michel Aulas in Le Monde, this Sunday.
In this interview, the president refuses the idea of a Lyon downgrade despite the poor results of recent years, relying in particular on the impact of covid with the premature end of the championship or the high number of points collected by Rudi Garcia. in 4th place in 2020-21 like the Champions League semi-final in Lisbon the previous summer. “It’s especially the last two years,” he tempers.
Defending OL’s economic model based on its many assets (Groupama Stadium, training center and academy, OL Vallée, Arena, etc.), Jean-Michel Aulas relies on the current example of Arsenal, in full revival after lean years partly linked to the investment for the Emirates Stadium, to justify that his club does not take the wrong path, especially in the face of the huge investments of its main competitors in France.
“We are looking for a kind of sports adviser, who is a very great former player”
On the other hand, he is much more offensive towards his former sports director, Juninho: “I made my first mistake by giving an extremely broad delegation of sporting power to Juni. It did not work. (…) It was on his post that I was wrong, not on him. I gave him the keys to the house because the fans wanted him and I thought we were going to solve the problems. »
Relaunched by the journalist on the impact of the Brazilian in the European campaign until the last four in Lisbon, the president then replies: “For not much, it was Rudi Garcia the coach. And Juninho collides with Rudi, that explains the difficulties behind. The end of Garcia is not at all due to his ranking. »
On the other hand, Jean-Michel Aulas wanted to once again provide strong support to his recruitment manager Bruno Cheyrou by announcing an upcoming promotion: “Bruno is hyper-competent. My wish is for him to take the post of sporting director. And we are looking with Vincent (Ponsot) for a kind of sports adviser, who is a very great former player. »
It remains to be seen who could play such a role and succeed Bernard Lacombe and Gérard Houllier, among the legends of OL.