By Le Figaro with AFP
The OL coach denied having been reframed by owner John Textor.
The coach of Lyon, Laurent Blancadmitted this Friday “being under pressure like all coaches without resultsbut refuted the idea of bringing up the subject of her communicating with owner John Textor and being reframed by him.
“Am I under pressure? When a coach does not win, he is in danger and under pressure. This is the standard of our trade. Point. We live with the results and if there are none, we are under pressure“, he commented during a press conference.
“I had Mr. Textor in video, alone with Vincent (Ponsot, general manager). We didn’t talk about that. I was not at this videoconference where there were journalists. We talked about recruitment and possibilities to sell or buy but no communication“, soberly specified the technician from Lyon.
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Laurent Blanc”is it threatened? It’s pretty hard to say that. I would say yes and no. All coaches are always threatened because we need results. For us, it is not acceptable to end the season in the middle of the table. I already said that the objective was the Champions League otherwise it would be a failure“, had declared John Textor on Tuesday.
“It’s not that he challenges me but he organizes his defense a bit. I asked him to stop playing these games with the media or telling jokes that ultimately cause controversy. This is the coach’s time to do his coaching job. I ask him to moderate his relationship with the press and make sure that his work speaks for him.“, he pleaded, recalling that Laurent Blanc “worked well last season“.
“We are looking for the solution today within our current management. Maybe one day we’ll look for her outside. It’s not me who brings up the possibility of firing him (Laurent Blanc) in the media. Me, I have very good relations with him, he is someone with whom it is easy to exchange. He takes his responsibilities to heart and his work seriously for the success we need. I actually think the press is overplaying this challenge.“, had further underlined the leader.
OL (17th) receives Paris SG at the end of the 4th day of Ligue 1, this Sunday (8:45 p.m.).