Courted by Olympique Lyonnais last summer, coach Christophe Galtier finally decided to commit to OGC Nice. A refusal which would have been visibly caused by the presence of the former sports director Juninho.
Juninho would be at fault in the failure of the Galtier track.
It is no secret that Peter Bosz, appointed last summer, embodied a second choice for the leaders of Olympique Lyonnais. On the departure of Lille at the time after a crowning in Ligue 1, Christophe Galtier represented the main priority of Les Gones to succeed Rudi Garcia.
To seduce the French technician, the Lyon leaders did not hesitate to pull out all the stops during a secret dinner at the Villa Florentine.
Galtier doubted his cohabitation with Juninho
According to information from the daily L’Equipe on Tuesday, the Gones had succeeded in seducing Galtier after a long discussion and had even agreed with his agents despite competition from OGC Nice. Very close to committing to the Rhone club, the former Stphanois was initially cooled by the very rapid leak in the media of his meeting with OL.
Then, the native of Marseille seriously asked questions about the Lyon situation because of comments in L’Equipe de Garcia, who had emptied his bag on his difficult relationship with the sports director at the time Juninho. An exit which reinforced the fears of Galtier, who had precisely warned the Lyon decision-makers of his doubts in relation to a possible cohabitation with the Brazilian. Charmed at the same time by the speech of the Gym, the 55-year-old technician finally gave up Lyon to join Nice.
A failure that left traces
A real disappointment for OL, which relied heavily on the qualities of Galtier to launch a new cycle. And internally, this failure, implicitly reproached Juninho by the president Jean-Michel Aulas and the director of football Vincent Ponsot, really left traces. Already strained, relations between Juninho and Ponsot deteriorated further during this off-season.
I don’t like you, and neither do you, but we gotta work together, launched the ex-midfielder at his college, according to the sports newspaper. Present during this muscular exchange, Aulas even asked Juninho by email to apologize. But still very upset, the Auriverde never did. And finally, the native of Recife slammed the door during the season, from December, after an experience that turned into a fiasco.
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