David Friio, new OL sporting director

A week after his departure from OM, David Friio takes charge of OL’s sports policy.

It was announced, it’s official. David Friio takes on the role of OL sporting director. John Textor’s club confirms the news. Previously working for the recruitment unit of Nottingham Forest (where he finished his playing career) and Manchester United, before heading to Saint-Etienne (2017-20), Friio, 50, has been at OM since 2020 , as head of recruitment then sports director. He left the Marseille club last weekhe who was there replaced by Mehdi Benatia. “David Friio takes office with the initial mission of appointing the next head coach of the professional team, following the interim period currently held by Pierre Sage.», we specify in a communicated. Here and there we talk about Bruno Genesio, Jorge Sampaoli or even Igor Tudor.

Last in the Ligue 1 ranking, the Lyon club is going through a strong zone of turbulence. Successor to Laurent Blanc, coach Fabio Grosso has been sidelined in recent days. “David Friio will be closely involved with the professional team, playing an essential role in coordinating all football activities in collaboration with President John Textor and Matthieu Louis-Jean, head of recruitment», Adds the Rhone club. If he is not mentioned in the OL press release, it is because Juninho is not yet officially back. According to The Team , the former Brazilian star of Les Gones however said yes to a role as advisor to Mr. Textor. In the meantime, it is under the orders of Pierre Sage that Alexandre Lacazette and company will travel to Lens on Saturday, during the 14th day of L1.

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