The Lyonnais let it be known that Pierre Sage was appreciated and that he was doing “a very good job”.
After Lyon’s victory over Toulouse (3-0)the OL players pleaded for the action of their current coach, Pierre Sage, presented as interim, but whose medium and long-term future is not fixed in the face of rumors of possible arrivals of the Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli or Bruno Genesio.
Aged 44, returning to OL this summer to be director of the training center, Sage is the fourth coach on the Lyon bench this season after Laurent Blanc, Jean-François Vulliez (1 match) and Fabio Grosso, appointed the September 16 and dismissed on November 30. “We all like the coach. He does a very good job. He has this role of super important messenger and everyone understands it. He is a strength for the squad at the moment and we are wholeheartedly with him“, declared midfielder Maxence Caqueret in the mixed zone, satisfied that he “brings a new air“.
“Tactically, he has a lot of thought. He gives us little information but it is enough to deliver good matches. Now it’s up to us to take what he gives us and reproduce it on the ground like today“, he added. “He gives clear instructions, he speaks quite positively towards us. It’s nice in this situation to feel loved and to see that we have qualities. That’s what he’s trying to show us», For his part declared Alexandre Lacazette, author of a hat-trick against TFC.
For his part, Pierre Sage affirms “have no idea», on the extension or not of his mission. “But my position is that I’m very comfortable that it stops tomorrow, I have no problem if it continues. I am at the service of my club. If I have to return to the academy I will give my best if I have to continue helping this team I will give my best“, he said at a press conference.
“The important thing is that the people I work with need to know that they can count on me and whatever mission is entrusted to me.», continued the 44-year-old technician, who however does not have the diploma required to coach in Ligue 1. Despite their victory over Toulouse, Lyon remains last in the championship, three lengths behind TFC, 15th and first non-relegation.