Lyon President Aims Brutal Dig at Chelsea Owner for Sacking Thomas Tuchel

Lyon President Aims Brutal Dig at Chelsea Owner for Sacking Thomas Tuchel

Rene Otinga
October 4, 2022 at 4:56 PM
  • Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says there are no nearby plans to sack under fire boss Peter Bosz
  • The French club is currently in a rut, and have endured four successive Ligue 1 defeats
  • But Aulas says he is not like Todd Boehly, who sacked Tuchel after a poor start to the campaign
  • Tuchel was replaced by Graham Potter, who left Brighton and Hove Albion for Stamford Bridge

Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas recently aimed a subtle but brutal dig at new Chelsea owner Todd Boehly for sacking Thomas Tuchel last month.

Tuchel was shown the door by the London club, almost 18 months after winning the Champions League with the club.

His dismissal came after a torrid run of form despite heavy investment by Boelhy in the summer.

In France, Lyon boss Peter Bosz is experiencing something similar to Tuchel’s fortunes, as the French club is struggling in Ligue 1.

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Jean-Michel Aulas President of Olympique Lyonnais in the UEFA Women's Champions League final match between Barcelona and Olympique Lyon at Juventus Stadium on May 21, 2022. Photo by Jonathan Moscrop
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Their latest defeat at the hands of Lens FC was their fourth loss in a row, which only piled more pressure on Bosz.

However, Bosz, a former Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund manager, will be relieved to learn that he has the backing of the club president.

Jean-Michel Aulas appeared on RMC After Foot where he subtly backed Bosz while criticizing Todd Boelhy at the same time.

Ouestioned about the potential sacking of Bosz, he said:

“I’m not here to start a revolution. I am not a billionaire (Boehly) who sacks someone who won the Champions League (Tuchel) as Chelsea did. I make decisions primarily in the interest of the club, and he (Bosz) will stay,”

Despite the public show of support from the President, rumors have it that Bosz has a certain points target he needs to meet before the clubs break for the World Cup otherwise he risks losing his job.

“It’s hard unless you’re gifted like Guardiola or Klopp”

Elsewhere, Sports Brief reported of another under-fire boss, Steve Bruce, who admitted his West brom job was on the line.

Bruce spoke at the back of a 3-2 defeat against Swansea where he claimed it was difficult for managers unless they were as “gifted as Pep Guardiola or Jurgen Klopp”.

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