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Olympique Lyon already exploring potential replacements for Laurent Blanc

Laurent Blanc could be the first managerial casualty of the 2023-24 season as Olympique Lyon think about replacing him, according to L’Equipe.

Blanc took the reins in October following the departure of Peter Bosz and his arrival sparked a change in fortunes for Lyon, although they were unable to secure a place in European football having finished seventh.

However, Les Gones have kicked off their latest domestic campaign on a bad note as they currently sit bottom of the Ligue 1 table with three defeats from four matches, conceding a whopping ten goals.

The most recent of their losses came at home to Paris Saint-Germain on Sunday, which resulted in the Lyon ultras lambasting the players at full-time after a 4-1 thrashing.

Lyon are now considering hiring a new manager but are in no hurry to make a decision just yet.

Thiago Motta and Will Still are the current front-runners, while Marcelo Gallardo and Bruno Lage are also under consideration.

Amid the pressure surrounding his job heading into the first international break of the season, Laurent Blanc has insisted he is determined to turn things around.

“I am very combative – I’m a whinger, a pain, but I’m a fighter,” the 57-year-old said. “Many managers have recently rung me to tell me to be.

“I’m not putting pressure on myself, but we have decided on certain things and I’m trying to ensure they come off.”

If Blanc remains in charge, he will fancy his chances of getting Lyon back to winning ways when they take on newly-promoted Le Havre in their next fixture on September 17.

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