Laurent Blanc, a “President” in the relaunch of OL

Since his forced departure from Paris Saint-Germain in 2016, Laurent Blanc has looked a bit like the Arlesian of French football. Often tackled, often heralded, we never saw the end of the nose as the Alesien seemed in no hurry to reconnect with the high level. In December 2020, he was well out of his chosen inactivity and his passion for golf when he signed for Qatari club Al-Rayyan. He had been fired in February 2022 for a failure: no title won. Since then, the taciturn former central defender of the Blues, world champion in 1998, had publicly expressed his desire to find a club.

Now it is done since “the President” -his nickname during his football years- accepted the proposal of another president, that of Olympique Lyonnais. To replace Peter Bosz, dismissed, Jean-Michel Aulas has chosen Laurent Blanc, who joins the Rhône for two seasons, plus one as an option. “This decision was made to give Olympique Lyonnais a very ambitious dimension for the future, both on the French and continental stage”explains OL, Sunday, October 9, in a press release.

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Two wills finally met, since in 2019 the Lyon coach had already thought of Blanc, after the dismissal of the Brazilian Sylvinho. In January 2022, Aulas had confirmed it during an interview with Europe 1: “Yes, I am thinking about it. He is a boy with incomparable experience. He had seen it for a long time in Russia during the World Cup. I felt that ability in him. Things didn’t happen. But do we ever know? »

It must be said that Laurent Blanc is usually an “aulasso compatible” option. The OL coach appreciates the personality of the man and the classic profile of the coach. As an extra, Blanc has an eloquent record: a double with Bordeaux in 2009, then another three league titles, three French Cups and three League Cups with PSG in 2014, 2015 and 2016.

“In Paris I told myself: ‘You have nothing to lose'”

In an interview, which will air on Tuesday, but from which BeIN Sports aired an excerpt on Sunday, Blanc responded with a ” Yes “ sound and decided on the question of whether he felt ready to resume service.

After a successful first experience in Gironde, the young coach was signed in May 2010, in exchange for a €2 million compensation, by the French Football Federation (FFF), eager to find a successor for Raymond Domenech. The Knysna fiasco came a month later during the World Cup in South Africa, and it was a tattered France team that Laurent Blanc was to salvage.

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