With Olympique Lyonnais general manager Claude Puel seemingly on his last legs, former Gones midfielder Juninho has thrown his hat into the ring to be considered as a candidate for the post in the future.
A terrible start to the Ligue 1 campaign has left OL just above the relegation places, and already names such as Marcello Lippi and Paul Le Guen have been linked with a takeover of Puel’s job. Juninho, a favourite of the fans throughout his seven year stay with les Gones throughout the 2000s, will certainly have his supporters in the chase for the position though.
“I want to lead OL,” Juninho declared to Planete Lyon. “I want to coach OL one day, that’s sure. But only if I am capable. But if I prepare, I think I am able.”
The Brazilian, whose set-pieces wowed fans the world over during his stint in Le Championnat, also spoke of Puel’s form of leadership. “He is someone who likes to keep his distance a bit with the players,” ‘Juni’ explained. “This is his characteristic. But we must respect that it is his way of working.
“I did not leave because of him, not at all. It's unfair to say that. Indeed in January 2009, when I told him I was leaving, he told me that I had to stay one more season.”
Juninho is presently playing in Qatar for Al-Gharafa.