Lyon manager Bruno Genesio has announced he will vacate his role at the end of the season amid talk of Jose Mourinho taking charge.
After amassing 171 appearances for Lyon as a midfielder, Genesio was appointed head coach of the club in December 2015.
The Frenchman has guided Lyon to top-four finishes in Ligue 1 during the last three seasons and seems on course to do the same this term, with the club in third-place and in the final Champions League qualification spot.
Therefore, Genesio had been expected to sign a new two-year contract at the Groupama Stadium.
But a run of just three wins in their last 11 matches had put Genesio’s future in doubt amid reports in France linking Jose Mourinho and Laurent Blanc to the managerial role at Lyon.
Now the 52-year-old has announced in a press conference this afternoon that he’s informed Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas of his decision to leave.
“For some time I have faced, we have faced, a negative climate, which can be a drag on the players and the club. I had a very long discussion this morning with my president to tell him I won’t continue next year,” said Genesio on Lyon’s Twitter.
“I informed my players this morning. I’m counting on everyone to make the union sacred now because we have to take the club to the Champions League. A lot of players support me.
“Unsustainable isn’t the word. Behind the scenes, I get along well with my president, my staff, my players. What is unsustainable is that in relation to my personal case, some wish for the club to lose or not reach its objectives.
“I want to tell the fans that they should come cheer on their team if they want to have Champions League games next year. We need them.
“It was in the best interests of the club that I took, in agreement with my president, this decision.
“In hindsight, I think that even if we had gone to the Coupe de France final and won it, and also finished second, the climate around me would not have changed. It’s a bad thing for the club.
“The most important thing is to dedicate myself to the last months of competition, with the hope that this decision allows us to win matches and be more liberated.”
Genesio’s announcement comes just a day after Lyon lost 2-1 to Nantes on Friday night.