Last night, OL ended their 2020-21 season with a 3-2 defeat at home against Nice. Rudi Garcia ended his Lyon adventure on a false note, he who took advantage of the post-match press conference to announce his departure. “It’s a big disappointment, I wanted to leave the club by leaving the club in the Champions League. It is the hard law of sport. I did not expect this scenario. It’s a disaster. The last day took place, I always said that we would talk about it after the last day. I will not be there. It’s been a long time since I decided that I can’t achieve the best results under these conditions. If the president (Aulas) has nothing to offer me tomorrow (Monday), so much the better, if the club still has something to offer me, I would politely decline. I am not a candidate for my own succession ”.
The French coach has moved ahead of his leaders, who have already sealed his fate for a very long time. OL thus formalized the end of their collaboration with Rudi Garcia today. “The day after the defeat against Nice, Olympique Lyonnais who finished in 4th place with 76 points informs that Jean-Michel Aulas, Vincent Ponsot and Juninho received this Monday morning Rudi Garcia to record the end of his contract. coach who started in October 2019. This decision was taken in order to breathe new life into the professional group which will play for the 24th time in a row the European Cup (including 18 times the Champions League), the 2019 season / 2020 could not be completed. OL would like to thank Rudi Garcia who enabled the club to play in a Champions League semi-final in August 2020, during the Final 8 in Lisbon. Olympique Lyonnais is already preparing the construction of a new ambitious project. The choice made by the institution to align the end of many management contracts with June 30 will allow the start of a new cycle whose ambitions will remain more European than ever (OL is the French club with the most European matches – 270 – and the greatest number of participations in a European Cup – 41) .The club will soon communicate on its new organization with the highest ambitions, thanks to a workforce rich in high-level individuals that it will also renew, both at the level of national competitions and the Europa League. Olympique Lyonnais particularly thanks the fan groups for their support and energy and looks forward to their return to Groupama Stadium ”.