Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas has once again defended under-fire general manager Claude Puel, indicating that his job is safe.
Puel’s role has come under scrutiny in recent weeks, with Lyon without a win at home in Ligue 1 since September. Sunday night’s 1-0 defeat at Stade Gerland to league leaders Bordeaux has pushed the club eight points off the pace.
“We’re not going to change the coach, and the players aren’t going to change,” the president told L’Equipe. “We have a scheme where it is shown that 98 per cent of the time when a coach changes during the season, it changes nothing.”
Boos and whistles rang out around OL’s home in the wake of Sunday’s defeat, and Aulas is keen that Puel does not take all the blame for the club’s current predicament.
“If my coach is whistled today, the fans are also hissing me,” he stated.
Asked if the league title is already out of reach, the Frenchman declared, “There is nothing out of reach.”
Lyon moved through to the knock-out stages of the Champions League in second place in Group F behind Fiorentina. Nevertheless, Aulas was asked about his attitude towards Puel had Lyon not made it through to the last 16.
“Marseille did not qualify, target them!” Aulas responded. “You don’t have the courage…”