Lyon stand by Puel
Lyon have announced that they will stick with coach Claude Puel despite last night's Coupe de la Ligue defeat to Paris St Germain.
Ludovic Giuly's extra-time volley dumped Les Gones out of the competition at the fourth-round stage to add to their worries following a poor start to the Ligue 1 season which has seen them win just three of their opening 10 games. Puel's position has been under scrutiny for some time but president Jean-Michel Aulas remains convinced he is the man to turn it around.
Aulas said after last night's game: "There was a board meeting this afternoon which analysed the season so far. Our league form is disappointing but we have on reflection decided to keep the current staff in place. The board has asked me to become more involved. We think that things are progressing well.
"The players put on a good performance, and they respond more to expectations put on them. There is no change this evening, but there will be more relationships developed from within. This will hopefully allow the side to be more open. Everything remains possible in the league and Champions League."
Lyon spent heavily in the summer, with Yoann Gourcuff their biggest recruit from Bordeaux for €22m.