Struggling Lyon plan to dismiss coach Sylvinho
Lyon has decided to sack Brazilian coach Sylvinho just 11 matches into the season after a dreadful run of form, the Ligue 1 club said on Monday.
The former Arsenal and Barcelona full-back only took over at the Groupama Stadium in May to replace Bruno Genesio.
“OL have decided to implement a procedure which can lead to the termination of the contract of Sylvio Mendes Campo Junior (Sylvinho),” read a Lyon statement.
It was the 45-year-old’s first role as a head coach, having previously been assistant to Tite for the Brazil national team.
Despite losing several key players, including Ferland Mendy, Tanguy Ndombele and Nabil Fekir, in the close-season, Sylvinho made a dream start as Lyon won 3-0 at Monaco and thrashed Angers 6-0 in their first two games.
But they have not won a league match since and have slipped to within a single point of the bottom two.
Sylvinho’s surprise exit comes even though Lyon has claimed four points from their first two Champions League group-stage outings, after a draw with Zenit Saint Petersburg and a 2-0 win at RB Leipzig last week.