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Olympique Lyon part ways with Laurent Blanc

Olympique Lyon have relieved Laurent Blanc of his duties as manager of the club, according to CANAL+ Foot.

Off the back of a rough start to the season, Blanc came under heavy fire with Lyon bottom of the Ligue 1 table, having picked up just one point from four matches.

Lyon kicked off their domestic campaign with a 2-1 defeat against Strasbourg before suffering a 4-1 loss on home turf to Montpellier.

They secured a point from their next encounter against Nice, but what followed was a 4-1 thrashing at the hands of defending champions Paris Saint-Germain, which prompted the Lyon ultras to lash out at the players after the full-time whistle.

Blanc was unperturbed in the face of immense pressure and insisted he was going to turn things around, but Lyon have now sacked him.

His dismissal comes just shy of a year after he was appointed to replace Peter Bosz in October 2022.

Lyon have already started their search for a new head coach but have already been dealt an early blow with leading candidate Graham Potter refusing to take charge of the club following his exit from Chelsea.

Les Gones will now have to turn their attention to Thiago Motta, Will Still, Marcelo Gallardo, Julen Lopetegui and Bruno Lage – all of whom are also under consideration.

Lyon Under-19s coach Jeremie Brechet is expected to manage Lyon while their American owner John Textor searches for a successor.

With just six days until newly-promoted Le Havre visit the Groupama Stadium after the international break, Lyon will need to speed up their managerial search as they bid to get themselves back on track.

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