Winner of FC Lorient this Saturday (4-1, 36th day of Ligue 1), Olympique Lyonnais seized third place pending the match between Stade de Reims and AS Monaco this Sunday (5:05 p.m.). In any case, there are two games left in Les Gones to clinch a place in the Champions League and possibly finish second. And in a few months, the Rhone club will turn a page.
Under contract until the end of the season, Rudi Garcia will not extend and leave. It’s no longer a secret and behind the scenes, Lyon’s leaders are preparing for the future by seeking the right candidate to replace the 57-year-old technician. Two names have already been released several weeks ago: Christophe Galtier (LOSC, courted by the OGCN) and Roberto De Zerbi (Sassuolo, announced close to Shakhtar Donetsk). But they are not the only ones to be on the OL management shortlist.
Marcelo Gallardo’s name also stands out
Based on information from The team, they are four candidates for one more. In addition to the two previously named coaches, the sports daily says that Patrick Vieira, free after being sacked by OGC Nice last December, is a possibility. As the newspaper writes, Lyon’s leaders are “Less and less insensitive” to this track. Because the French coach is free and recruiting him will necessarily be cheaper than the others.
But the competition will be tough because on the other side, Olympique Lyonnais also thinks of Marcelo Gallardo, currently on the bench of River Plate. A name that had already been mentioned several years ago to replace Bruno Genesio. But recently, La Gazzetta dello Sport argued that the Argentine coach, approached by AS Roma before the choice Mourinho, had refused since he wanted to end his contract with Millonario, that is to say until the end of the calendar year. Finally, L’Equipe adds that Juninho as manager is also a solution, but the sporting director does not have the necessary diplomas for Ligue 1 and therefore heavy fines could fall if he settles on the bench. .