Lyon have officially sacked their manager, Fabio Grosso, after only 11 weeks in charge. The Italian took over from Laurent Blanc in September after the club endured a dismal start to the 23/24 campaign, hoping that a change in leadership would also bring about a change in their fortune.
However, Grosso could not turn things around for the French club, earning only one win during his time in charge. Lyon’s most recent loss against Lille at home proved to be the final straw, causing the board to part ways with their former player.
Fabio Grosso sacked as Lyon manager after failing to escape relegation zone
“Olympique Lyonnais would like to thank Fabio Grosso and his assistants for their dedication and professionalism since taking over the professional team,” Lyon said in a brief statement.
During his three months in charge, Grosso was also on the receiving end of a violent attack from Marseille supporters when they travelled away for their Ligue 1 game.
Academy coach Pierre Sage will take over the first team as Lyon visit Lens this weekend. They remain five points away from safety, with only seven points from their 12 games. And in spite of the talent in their squad, it seems increasingly likely that they could be relegated at the end of the season.
It now remains to be seen who takes over as the new head coach of the club, with the team in dire need of motivation and direction to avoid relegation.