Ligue 1 strugglers Olympique Lyon have announced the immediate appointment of Italian tactician Fabio Grosso as their new chief of staff. According to the club’s official website, the 45-year-old will replace underperforming manager Laurent Blanc at the helm starting next week.
Lyon couldn’t have hoped for a worse start to the new Ligue 1 campaign. After missing out on European qualification in the last three seasons, Les Gones hoped to reignite their lofty ambitions in 2023/24, but to no avail. Blanc has accrued a meager one point from the opening four matches.
With Lyon nailed to the bottom of the standings going into the international break, the board had to take drastic actions to stem the bleeding. Shortly after relieving Blanco of his managerial duties, the downtrodden French giants approached Graham Potter and Oliver Glasner.
However, after both managers rejected the possibility of taking charge of a clueless team, Lyon tried to resort to Gennaro Gattuso as a last-ditch option. With the Groupama Stadium faithful strongly opposing the idea of having the former Milan midfielder as the new boss, Les Gones quickly discarded him as a potential Blanc’s heir.
With the options running thin, Lyon have turned to a familiar face. Grosso is no stranger to the club, having spent two years of his playing career at the Groupama Stadium. He earned a decent managerial reputation after helping Frosinone gain Serie A promotion last season.
But he left the club at the end of the 2022/23 campaign. A new adventure awaits him in Ligue 1, though he’ll have to wait for next week to embark on his coaching career at Lyon.
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