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Jean-Michel Aulas: "It's a great day, I'm really touched"

Published on 28 May 2019 at 4:00 PM
Jean-Michel Aulas : « C’est un grand jour, je suis vraiment ému »
Lyon's president happily welcomed the Brazilian duo of Juninho (sporting director) and Sylvinho (head coach) during a press conference at Groupama Stadium.

Jean-Michel Aulas

"It's a great day. I'm really touched. We are proud of this team work. I would like, from the bottom of my heart, to thank Juninho. He will take over as sporting director. In this context, I asked him to choose a coach. Sylvinho is his choice. This isn't surprising because there is a complementarity, a coherence with the Brazilian history of OL. We took a risk but we are convinced that it's a winning choice. We will do everything in our power to succeed. The organization is a three-headed operation with Florian Maurice. He is fundamental in this structure and I thank him for accompanying me in this great project. Juninho will have all the sporting power. We've given ourselves the means to progress. I wanted to say a word about Bruno Genesio: he was perfect in terms of dignity and efficiency. When Juninho left 10 years ago, I told him that my big project would be for him to return to other duties. I tried two years ago. We are stubborn. Juninho kept his word. Things finally came into place in May in Los Angeles. I saw him as very mature and still strong in his convictions. I knew we would have a sporting director to live up to our ambitions. Sylvinho has prepared his coaching contract in Italy. He is ready and perfectly prepared for this job. He had a lot of requests and he quickly agreed to join us. I thank the President of the Brazilian Federation, who accepted. Sylvinho signed a two-year contract while Juninho has an indefinite contract. Gérald Baticle will be alongside Juninho.