Ligue 1 side, Lyon have revealed that they were looking to bring in Jose Mourinho as a replacement for their sacked coach but the Portugese gaffer rejected their offers owing to a decision he has already made.
According to Lyon’s president Jean-Michel Aulas, the former Chelsea and Manchester United boss turned down their offer because he had already accepted another job elsewhere.
Mourinho, who left his previous coaching position at Old Trafford with Manchester United about a year ago has been out of the managing role since then.
He has instead resort to punditry, making regular appearances on television, most notably with BT Sport, where he has severely dropped hints about his future.
The Ligue 1 side sacked Sylvinho on Monday after helping Lyon to just one win in his last nine matches at the helm and the club’s President Aulas, had identified Mourinho as a target to take the position.
While speaking to some reporters via a news conference held over the phone, the 70two-year-old said Mourinho rebuffed their approach because he had some other job lined up already.
“We had some fairly flattering exchanges over text,” Aulas stated. “It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club.”
The recently sacked Sylvinho’s arrival coincided with the return of club icon Juninho Pernambucano as sporting director in pre-season.
The club’s President said that the decision to sack Sylvinho was masterminded by Juninho with the coach failing to endear people to himself with his defensive style of playing
“It was indeed Juninho who took the decision to change coach, he even had this view a little earlier on,” Aulas said. “He is going to continue to take responsibility on the football side in the same way.
“He is a boy who breathes football. In the first matches, he detected a certain number of problems. It is he who explained his decision to Sylvinho.
“I didn’t know of him (Sylvinho) before Juninho told me about him. The defensive style he offered created a destabilising effect in terms of the normal attacking style of Lyon. We made a mistake, but in general we don’t make a mistake twice.”