Olympique Lyonnais is experiencing moments of uncertainty on its bench and the shadow of a technical change of direction hovers over the French team. Although the sacking of Laurent Blanc is not yet confirmed, Lyon are already exploring options to find his successor and one of the names that has gained prominence on the list of candidates is that of Austrian coach Oliver Glasner.
Glasner, who managed Eintracht Frankfurt until the end of last season, is currently without a team and has emerged as a strong contender to take charge of Lyon should Blanc be relieved of his role. The French club have had a difficult start to Ligue 1, with three defeats and a draw in their last four games, questioning Blanc’s continuity at the helm of the team.
Oliver Glasner, main candidate for the Lyon substitute bench
The recent 4-1 defeat against Paris Saint-Germain would have made Blanc’s situation even worse and there is speculation that it could be his last game as Lyon coach. The board would already be exploring options to replace him before the league restarts after the break.
Although other names such as Graham Potter, Paulo Fonseca and Christophe Galtier have also been mentioned, the focus is mainly on two coaches who are currently out of contract: Oliver Glasner and Julen Lopetegui. Both are considered favorites due to their extensive experience in top leagues, such as the Bundesliga in Glasner’s case and LaLiga and the Premier League in Lopetegui’s case.
The final decision between Glasner and Lopetegui is expected to be made based on economic and sporting factors. Until Lyon makes Blanc’s departure official and announces his successor, uncertainty remains at the Parc Olympique Lyonnais. The club’s fans will be keeping an eye on any developments in this exciting search for a new manager.