Lyon door closes on Jose Mourinho as Ligue 1 side appoint ex-Arsenal star Sylvinho as new boss

Lyon door closes on Jose Mourinho as Ligue 1 side appoint ex-Arsenal star Sylvinho as new boss

May 19, 2019

JOSE MOURINHO will not become the new manager of Lyon after the Ligue 1 club opted for former Arsenal defender Sylvinho.

It is the Brazilian's first move into the hotseat of a major club after years learning the trade behind the scenes.

Talk of Mourinho being on Lyon's radar sprouted up in the spring but club president Jean-Michel Aulas has now confirmed their setup for next season.

With Bruno Genesio departing, former player Juninho Pernambucano will become sporting director and his pick for coach was Sylvinho.

Aulas told Canal Plus: “Juninho will arrive quickly.

"He chose the coach. I met with Sylvinho, he agreed."

Aulas was forced to dismiss speculation that Mourinho was on his watchlist, describing the ex-Chelsea boss as "not compatible with our economic reality".

I like to know other cultures. Working in a new league would be a fantastic experience.

With Lyon gone, exactly where he will manage next season remains hard to tell, with Paris Saint-Germain set to keep hold of Thomas Tuchel.

That reduces Mourinho's options following his confession that Ligue 1 is a desirable destination.

He had said: “I can imagine myself as a coach in Ligue 1.

"I am a man who has worked in four different countries. I like to know other cultures. Working in a new championship would be a fantastic experience.

“For now I’m calm, I try to live better with my family and friends and I work calmly to hope for the opportunity to go back to football.”

Former defender Sylvinho worked with Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan and most recently as Tite's assistant in the Brazilian national team.

As a player, he enjoyed two seasons as Arsenal's left-back before leaving for Spain and scooping six major trophies with Barcelona.

He had been appointed Brazil Under-23 boss before this announcement, leading the side at the 2020 Olympics, but that duty has reportedly been relinquished.

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