Club president rubbishes reports of Jose Mourinho joining them next season

Former Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is finding it increasingly hard to find a new club to manage these days, thanks to his rather unconventional methods in going about his duties.

After he was fired post two-and-a-half years of little success with the Red Devils, the former Chelsea, Real Madrid and Inter Milan manager was linked to several clubs, including Real Madrid themselves. But Zidane’s reappointment at the Bernabeu closed all possible doors for the Portuguese manager to reunite with his old clubs.

Several reports went on to suggest that Ligue 1 clubs Paris Saint Germain, AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais are also interested in Mourinho, while he went about his new-found duties as a football pundit with beIN Sports.

But as of latest, Olympique Lyonnais have also come forward, to dismiss reports on the “Special One” joining the club. After a humbling exit in the Champions League against Barcelona in the round-of-16, Lyon recently crashed out of the Coupe de la Ligue as well, thanks to a 3-2 loss to Stade Rennais.

Post the game, Lyon President Jean-Michel Aulas revealed that current manager Bruno Genesio will be free to leave the club next summer, while also dismissing all chances of Mourinho making it as the new manager.

“We will not appoint any foreign manager” – thus goes a translated version of Aulas’ interview with RMC Sport. He further added: “If his [Genesio’s] departure is recorded at the end of the season, his successor will certainly not be Jose Mourinho as he is definitely not compatible with our economy.”

“There is more risk in selecting a foreigner over a Frenchman in a club like Lyon. If the coach has previously played in Lyon, speaks French, and I know him personally, we limit the risk to the maximum extent,” he concluded.