Graham Potter ‘has an interview with Lyon’ as the former Chelsea and Brighton manager ‘is being targeted by the French club to potentially replace the under-fire manager Laurent Blanc’.
- Graham Potter is reportedly being considered as Laurent Blanc’s replacement
- Lyon are bottom of the table in Ligue 1 with one point from their first four games
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French club Lyon are reportedly eyeing Graham Potter as a potential successor to their under-fire manager Laurent Blanc.
Lyon have had a miserable start to their Ligue 1 season and are bottom of the table with one point in four games.
After the 4-1 defeat by Paris Saint-Germain at the weekend, the players were scolded by the club’s ultras and the club are now said to be looking for Blanc’s replacement.
French outlet L’Equipe have now reported that Potter held an interview with the club’s American owner, John Textor, on Tuesday about the managerial position.
Lyon are considering him as a replacement for Blanc, while Potter himself is said to be interested in the Groupama Stadium project.
Graham Potter is reportedly in talks to become the next manager of French club Lyon
Lyon are bottom of Ligue 1 with a point from four games and the players were extraordinarily dressed up by their fans after a 4-1 defeat by PSG on Sunday
The French side are considering a possible replacement for coach Laurent Blanc, who is under fire
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Potter has been unemployed since he was sacked by Chelsea in April after holding the post for less than seven months.
The 48-year-old suffered 11 defeats in 31 games after replacing Thomas Tuchel as he struggled to cope with Chelsea’s bloated squad, which had spent heavily last season.
Potter has impressed at Brighton before, however, guiding them to first place in the top half of the game in 2022 since their promotion to the Premier League in 2017.
He had previously been in contention for the position of Nice manager before the French side decided in June to sign 34-year-old Francesco Farioli from Turkish club Alanyaspor instead.
Lyon were once France’s top team, winning the Ligue 1 title for seven consecutive seasons from 2002 to 2008.
However, they have not won a league title since then as Paris Saint-Germain have dominated the league for the last decade.
Lyon were 4-0 down at half-time against PSG at the weekend thanks to a brace from Kylian Mbappe and goals from Achraf Hakimi and summer signing Marco Asensio.
Corentin Tolisso’s second-half penalty was cold consolation for Lyon, who also suffered a 4-1 defeat at the hands of Montpellier last month.
Potter has been unemployed since he was sacked in April after less than seven months as Chelsea manager
After the final whistle against PSG, the players faced the Virage Nord, at the end of which was the Ultras of the Bad Gones – Lyon’s most prominent Ultras group and one of the largest in Ligue 1.
The Lyon players stared in embarrassment at the stands as one of the Ultras leaders addressed them with a megaphone.
“To the Olympique Lyonnais 2023-2024 squad, this message is for you,” he said.
“For those who embrace dressing room leader status, the message is clear: if there are leaders in that dressing room, they no longer have the right to remain silent.”
“You’re wearing the Olympique Lyonnais shirt. You are the ones wearing the Olympique Lyon shirt.
“Others glorified it before you wore it.”
After the 4-1 defeat by PSG, Lyon players were warned against ‘smearing’ the club shirt.
One of the leaders of the Ultras group “Bad Gones” urged the leaders of the team to step up
“You have no right to tarnish it.” Now that the transfer window is over, the squad is there. We only ask that you be by your side.
“But to do that, you have to earn it.” We love and respect this shirt.
“All we ask is that you sing your names.” Sing them with love, not the way we sang the little bitches’ names. who have left our association in the last six months.
“We want to sing your names with respect and love.” Because we know you play with love.
“But we expect you to respect our jersey […] And when we face our losses, we do so with our heads held high. Go OL.’