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Lyon: Ligue 1 giants name former star player Fabio Grosso as their new manager, after enduring horrendous start

There has been a change in the portfolio position early in Ligue 1, after French giants Lyon have hired former player Fabio Grosso as their new manager. The former Italian defender, who has plied his trade for the French heavyweights from 2007-2009, Grosso replaces famed French coach Laurent Blanc after enduring a horrendous start.

Olympique Lyon names Fabio Grosso as new coach

French giants Lyon have been in the headlines after a horrible start to their 2023-24 campaign, which saw them lying to the bottom of the table, after a solitary draw and three losses in first four fixtures. Once considered to be a heavyweight in France, with comparisons closely to Paris Saint-Germain, Lyon seemed to have fallen from grace this season. The seventh-placed finishers from last season and comprising the likes of Argentine World Cup winner Tagliafico and seasoned defender formerly from Liverpool, Dejan Lovren, it would be a hard pill to swallow for the giants as they would look to up their ante after an initial slump in the starting days.

Fabio Grosso has been one of the former stars from Italy, and is comparatively inexperienced than Laurent Blanc, but the club board believes in roping someone who knows the philosophy of the club. It is reported that Blanc has left the club with mutual consent after a catastrophic start, which even saw Lyon ultras giving an earful to the players for “disrespecting” the badge.

A former World Cup winner

Grosso, who was known for his exploits in the defensive sector owing to his towering height of 1.90 meter, has formerly plied his trade for the French giants between 2007 to 2009, and led the team to a domestic double of Ligue 1 and French Cup. A left-back of tall stature, he was easily among the top defenders during his stint at Lyon, when he featured for them in 75 outings. He has also been privileged to become a World Cup champions with Italian National Team, when the Azurris won against France, in 2006. Official club statement read, “The former Italian international defender, World Cup champion in 2006, has committed to the club until June 30, 2024, with the option to extend his contract for an additional season.”

He has vouched for several clubs in managerial stint when he coached Bari, Hellas Verona and Brescia in the Italian league. His most recent coaching accomplishment is with Frosinone, where he joined in 2021, and has led them to a Serie B title, thus gaining promotion to the Italian top flight.

Grosso would look to emulate his playing success while being at the helm of his former club, as a new era begins at Lyon from Monday, with assistant coach Jean-Francois Vulliez overseeing their next game against Le Havre.

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