French Ligue 1 club’s president admits talks with former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho


Ligue 1 club Olympique Lyonnais’ president Jean-Michel Aulas has admitted that he has held discussions with Portuguese manager Jose Mourinho over the managerial role at the French club.

The former Manchester United gaffer is without a job since leaving Old Trafford earlier in the season and was overlooked by Real Madrid who reappointed Zinedine Zidane to helm the La Liga giants.

And now, Lyon president Aulas has revealed that Mourinho might be one of the names being considered for the job at the club.

“We are permanently talking to coaches who want to work for Lyon […] We’ve talked with a great French coach who worked for PSG (Laurent Blanc), we’ve talked with a great Portuguese coach who worked for Manchester (United). A lot of coaches have discussed the possibility of joining Lyon,” Aulas was quoted as saying by RMC Sport.

Lyon are currently coached by Bruno Genesio and are third in the Ligue 1 table — 24 points behind leaders Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and four behind Lille OSC who are second.

The future of the Lyon coach has become uncertain after Lyon’s exit from the French Cup to Rennes the other day.

“It was agreed that if we were in the final – which is no longer the case – and if we were in the top three, there would be a two-year extension. The deal that was reached with Bruno is that there will not be a contract renewal between now and the end of the season,” said Aulas after the cup exit.

“It will stay like that. It’s really sad not to be able to say that Bruno will extend his stay,” he added.