Olympique Lyonnais have readied a two-year contract for Fabio Grosso, who impressed largely with Frosinone in recent seasons, having led them to the Serie A promotion this year. With Laurent Blanc now out of the picture, several candidates, including Gennaro Gattuso were shortlisted, but Grosso is said to have overtaken the race to be hired.
Grosso, who starred for Les Gones for two years – between 2007 and 2009 – is in pole position to succeed Blanc in the southwest of France. As confirmed by Fabrizio Romano, an agreement is already in place between the two parties to materialize the deal.
Fabio Grosso to Olympique Lyon as new head coach, here we go! Agreement in place tonight, now waiting to prepare documents, formal details and get it signed 🔵🔴🇮🇹 #OL
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 13, 2023
Reportedly, new Lyon patron John Textor wanted Grosso as a surprise candidate, reaching out to the 2006 World Cup winner without hesitation. Grosso parted ways with Frosinone after leading them to the top flight in a bid to carve out a new challenge for himself.
Lyon have struggled mightily this new campaign, as they lie rooted to the bottom of Ligue 1 table after four winless games.
Our Take on Grosso to Lyon
A challenge as big as Lyon would prove to be intimidating at first for the Italian manager, who has proven himself in the past two years at Frosinone with a win rate of 49%. Grabbing the Serie B title in 2022/23 was a cherry in his managerial career, and putting together a fierce Lyon outfit is certainly not out of his reach.
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