FOOTBALL The Brazilian will leave a mixed image as sporting director

 OL: Juninho confirms his departure at the very end

Juninho last October (illustration) – AFP

It & rsquo; s now official. & Nbsp; The Brazilian Juninho, who had sown; the disturbance in mid-November by announcing that he wanted to leave his post of sports director for Lyon at the end of the season, confirmed & eacute; this Wednesday that he would be leaving the club this winter, in January, to let the OL & ldquo; & nbsp; prepare the rest & nbsp; & rsquo ;.

Less than a month after having surprised OL employees and executives with its announcement, the icon of the great Lyon, seven times champion of France (2002-2008), has acted out. the inevitable, & agrave; know his early departure from his heart club, o & ugrave; he will leave a mixed image as a leader. & ldquo; It & rsquo; s best for the club to prepare already more and I also need to stop & rsquo; & rsquo;, he said, confirming information from the dailies L & rsquo; Equipe and Progress .

Juninho (46 years old), former OL playmaker (2001-2009) when the Rhone club dominated French football, had returned to France. Lyon in 2019 as sporting director, with the blessing of President Jean-Michel Aulas and to the cheers of supporters.
In Lyon, the former idol of Gerland has not only made friends , as evidenced by his passing last May with former coach Rudi Garcia.

At the time of leaving the club, the latter had settled down; his accounts with the Brazilian, reproaching him for wanting to interfere in his sporting choices. & ldquo; & ldquo; My way of being born Rudi. It is really cold, it has no feeling, & rsquo; had retorted; the former playmaker, per & ccedil; u & agrave; the reverse as being more instinctive and more instinctive and more instinctive. skin flower.

& laquo; & nbsp; Mental fatigue & nbsp; & raquo;

The role of leader seemed to weigh on him, as he explained; on November 17th on RMC at the time of announcing. general surprise his upcoming departure from the club.
& ldquo; In my head this was for three seasons & nbsp; & rdquo;, he said. & ldquo; For a lot of people, sports director, you don't do much. But there is enormous mental fatigue [& hellip;]. I want to rest a little & rsquo;, continued Juninho, who is thinking of becoming a coach, a position he cannot occupy in Europe for lack of required diplomas.

After two and a half years with & ldquo; & nbsp; Juni & nbsp; & raquo; as sports director, this early departure seems logical: it seemed difficult for OL to prepare for next season with a leader on the start. And the record of Juninho, who & agrave; the original should have been to be associated & agrave; The trainer Bruno Genesio, who left in June 2019, is for the moment mixed.

Some successes, such as the recruitments of Bruno Guimaraes and Lucas Paqueta for a total of 40 & nbsp; million euros, big failures, and also like the commitment of his compatriots Thiago Mendes for 25 million euros or of Henrique, Jean Lucas or Camilo. Because ten years after leaving OL as a player, Juninho, starting in this role, appeared to be lack of relays in Europe and is naturally oriented to Brazil to recruit, including to choose its first coach, Sylvinho, sacked; from October & nbsp; 2019.

Since leaving Genesio, Lyon is no longer qualified; for the Champions League, an essential goal & agrave; reach this season to revive the finances of the club, which announced & oacute; a historic loss of 107 million euros for the fiscal year 2020-2021.