Hubert Fournier has been relieved of his duties as the head coach of Lyon and it’s his deputy Bruno who will take his place on an interim basis.
The decision to sack Fournier came in the aftermath of the defeat at the hands of Ajaccio which stretched Lyon’s winless run to 6 games.
The last time Lyon had won was in November when they had toppled Saint Etienne.
The statement announcing the sacking of Fournier read, “After the failure of the team to meet the expectations of supporters, it’s been decided to make some changes in support staff.”
“The chairman has had a meeting with suitable people in the club and a lot of things (the appointment of overseas technicians etc.) have been taken into consideration. Steps regarding that will be taken soon.”
“For the time being, Bruno will step up to fill the vacancy of the manager and he will carry on for the rest of the season.”
Fournier had taken charge at Lyon in July 2014 and had done a good job on his arrival.
Under him, Lyon had emerged as serious contenders to become the champions in French top flight in 2014-15.
But, Fournier couldn’t quite wave his magic this season.
Lyon struggled for consistency right from the beginning of the summer and apart from a couple of performances, they never quite looked the same team which had done so well the previous season.
They held the 9th position in the league standings going into the Christmas break.
The fans would hope that they start the New Year on a fresh and winning note with the new boss.
In their first league game in 2016, Lyon will be facing Troyes which is at the bottom of the table.