Jose Mourinho turned down a chance to take the vacant managerial role at Lyon because he was about to take a new job elsewhere, club's president Aulas has confirmed.
Lyon sacked former Arsenal and Manchester City defender Sylvinho following Sunday's derby defeat in the hands of St-Etienne. And Aulas, when he was addressing the Media on Thursday, revealed the club is in search for Sylvinho's replacement. The president admitted former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho turned down talks as he has already agreed to manage another club.
"We had some fairly flattering exchanges over SMS. It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club," said Aulus.
"I did not know of him before Juninho told me about him. I had no interest in taking a Sporting Director and Head Coach for the sole purpose of pleasing the fans… The defensive style that he offered created a destabilizing effect in terms of the normal attacking style of Lyon. We made a mistake but in general, we don’t make a mistake twice."
"It will be a collective decision but it will ultimately be made by Juni. There is a list, some names are in the press but the list is not exhaustive. We are not adverse to a surprise. There is one thing that I know in football, that is that I know nothing. In football, there is no definitive reality. Does he have to be experienced and know Ligue 1? In your opinion? Mine would undoubtedly be the same as yours… In terms of the composition of the backroom staff, we rule nothing out. Gérard (Baticle) has a unique skillset, he is a constant source of satisfaction. He will oversee the interim with our full support. All sorts of combinations are possible."