OL are about to wrap up their worst season since the turn of the century. History will remember that it was accomplished with Peter Bosz, whom the Lyon management kept in place despite the elimination in the quarter-finals of the Europa League against West Ham. Things might have gone differently if Christophe Galtier had succeeded Rudi Garcia last summer. Because according to information from L’Equipe, the current Nice coach was very close to signing up with Les Gones.
The daily revealed on Tuesday that the former assistant to Alain Perrin, 2008 French champion with OL, had dinner on May 25 with the Lyon leaders. The current eighth in Ligue 1 would even have agreed with the 55-year-old technician’s agents. But several elements have derailed the case. In addition to his meeting, which was held the next day with Julien Fournier, the sports director of Nice, Christophe Galtier would have asked questions following the publication of an interview with Rudi Garcia in The Team on his relationship with Juninho.
Then, the former coach of Lille, crowned champion of France 2021 and voted best coach of the last season during the UNFP trophies, would have let Olympique Lyonnais know that he might find it difficult to work with the now ex – sporting director of Les Gones. Christophe Galtier therefore flew to Nice. A failure for Jean-Michel Aulas and Vincent Ponsot that they would have implicitly blamed on Juninho.
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