Jose Mourinho ‘is about to take a new job’, Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas reveals… as former Manchester United manager turns down a move to France ‘to focus on Premier League return’
- Lyon dismissed Sylvinho as their manager after 141 days on Monday afternoon
- Jean-Michel Aulas has contacted former Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho
- But the Portuguese manager has decided against taking on the job at Lyon
- Aulas has now claimed that Mourinho is set to take a new job elsewhere
Jose Mourinho turned down the vacant managerial role at Lyon because he’s about to take a new job elsewhere, according to club President Jean-Michel Aulas.
Aulas contacted the former Manchester United manager about the role after Sylvinho was dismissed from his position on Monday evening.
But Mourinho turned down the chance to take it on, and Aulas has now confirmed why.
Jose Mourinho has rejected an opportunity to take the currently vacant Lyon job
He made the claim in a telephone press conference on Thursday morning, according to Get French Football.
French radio station RMC revealed on Wednesday that Mourinho had turned the job down as he focuses on a return to English football.
The Portuguese wants to find a job in England rather than moving to France, as his family are still based here following his time at Old Trafford and Chelsea.
Laurent Blanc is the other main target for Aulas and will be holding a meeting with the club over the coming days.
He is the favourite for the role and could be appointed before the beginning of next week.
Laurent Blanc is the other main target and will be meeting with the club over the coming days
Lyon are keen to have someone in situ as their new manager after the weekend.
They have had a tough start to the season and are currently 14th in the table, their lowest position at this stage since 1995-96.
Arsene Wenger was also linked to the role as Aulas wants a more experienced figure in compared to Sylvinho, who was managing a side for the first time.
The former Arsenal defender lasted just 141 days as Lyon manager, having been appointed in May.
Sylvinho was dismissed as Lyon manager after just 141 days as boss on Monday afternoon