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Struggling Lyon plan to dismiss coach Sylvinho


(FILES) In this file photo taken on September 25, 2019 Lyon’s Brazilian coach Sylvinho attends the French L1 football match between Stade Brestois 29 and Olympique Lyonnais at the Francis Le Ble stadium in Brest, western France. – Sylvinho is expected to be removed from his position as Lyon’s coach, AFP reports on October 7, 2019. (Photo by LOIC VENANCE / AFP)

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.

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