Puel to take over at Lyon

French champions Lyon are set to name Claude Puel as their new coach later today, club sources have revealed. The 48-year-old, who was in charge of Ligue 1 rivals Lille last season, will sign a four-year-contact to take over from Alain Perrin.

Perrin recently completed a league and cup double but still lost his job due to Les Gones' failure in Europe. He had been in charge for just one season after being shown the door by English Premier League side Portsmouth.

"We have been after him (Puel) for a long time," said Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas on Monday when Lille midfielder Jean II Makoun joined the champions.

Puel spent 18 years as a player at Monaco, winning league titles in 1982 and 1988, and then went on to coach the principality side to Ligue 1 glory in 2000 before joining Lille in 2002.