Sylvinho has become the first managerial casualty of the season in France after failing to add consistency to Lyon’s results.
For Sylvinho, the axe has fallen faster than the Brazilian expected. After a great start to the campaign that included thumping the likes of Monaco and Angers, Lyon were looking good at the top of the Ligue 1 summit.
However, Sylvinho was unable to get the right response from the players as Les Gones’ form started fading away. While the preseason was not really that promising, the team’s performance in the transfer market gave fans a sense of hope to ruin PSG’s Ligue 1 party.
Many expected Sylvinho to be the man to lead the Rhone giants but since August 31, things hadn’t been the same. Lyon were held to a 1-1 draw at the Groupama Stadium against Bordeaux and then lost 1-0 to Montpellier.
Players had lost their smiles and the international break came at the right time for Sylvinho to take a step back and asses things again. But it was the ghosts from last season that came back to haunt the club.
Following a morale-jarring draw against Zenit in the Champions League, Sylvinho’s faith in his players and the owners’ faith in him started getting to a point where scarcity was the word of the day.
The game against PSG was a great chance for Sylvinho to steady the ship. Les Gones hosted the Ligue 1 champions on the back of quite a few unconvincing results. For 90 minutes, the home side struggled in a 5-3-2 formation and were completely out of ideas.
Without ambition or creative impetuous, Lyon ended up losing the game thanks to a Neymar goal.
That was what simply sealed the Brazilian tactician’s fate. Les Gones were on a run of five games without a win and even though they got lucky against RB Leipzig in the Champions League, it was clear that Jean-Michel Aulas and Juninho had started looking for someone to replace Sylvinho sooner rather than later.
After another defeat against Nantes, it was clear that the fear factor under Sylvinho had gone. Teams started believing that they have a chance against Lyon.
The game against AS Saint-Etienne, a derby match that Lyon expect to win, was the final lifeline Sylvinho was given.
Sadly though, Stade Geoffroy-Guichard witnessed another dull display by Lyon as Les Verts got the bragging rights in a 1-0 win.
Back in 2016, former coach Claudio Genesio saved his head by beating ASSE. Oscar Garcia was famously fired after a defeat in the derby. This is a game that always seals the fates of coaches under pressure.
Keeping up with the tradition, Sylvinho was relieved of his duty after a defeat that the fans have never grown accustomed to in recent memory.
With nine points in nine games, Lyon have made the worst start to their Ligue 1 campaign since 1995 and it was always going to be a matter of when and not if of Sylvinho getting the proverbial boot.