Lyon have no intention of sacking coach Gerard Houllier, despite the club’s failure to make it past the last 16 of the Champions League, club chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has confirmed.
The former Liverpool manager is on the brink of another French league success – his second and Lyon’s sixth in a row – but the defeat to Roma in the last 16 of the Champions League at a time when Lyon were being touted as potential winners, cast doubts over his position.
Chairman Aulas, however said, there was no doubt in his mind that Houllier would remain in charge.
“Of course he will be with the club next season,” Aulas told L’Equipe sports daily.
“You should have no doubt about that. he is staying where he is. It’s true certain players will be leaving, not because we are unhappy with them but because it is the strategy of the club to transfer players when they are at their best and can attract top fees.”
Aulas also confirmed that two senior members of the team – goalkeeper Gregory Coupet and Brazilian midfielder Juniho – would definitely be staying.