Fabio Grosso’s tenure as the head coach of Olympique Lyonnais ended abruptly on Thursday morning after just seven games, marking the shortest managerial stint in the club’s history.
Reports suggest that Grosso demanded the players ask club chairman John Textor for his sacking. He took over in mid-September from Laurent Blanc but managed to secure only one victory, leaving the team at the bottom of the Ligue 1 standings.
Reports suggest that Grosso faced difficulties in winning over the dressing room during his brief tenure. Additionally, he created conflicts with key players like Alexandre Lacazette and Rayan Cherki, who were dropped, further undermining his position in the dressing room.
In October, an unnamed player labeled Grosso as “one of the worst managers he had ever had,” leading the coach to investigate the source of the leak. He became so fixated on identifying the player that he cancelled a training session and concentrated on finding the culprit.
On Monday morning, Grosso expressed his frustrations with the squad in a bitter manner.
“If you think it’s me, go and see (John) Textor and tell him to fire me, but have the balls to say it to my face first,” he shouted according to L’Equipe.
“Personally, I think it’s our fault, as a collective, but if you don’t agree, go and tell Textor. I just ask you that you tell me first.”
After Grosso’s departure, Pierre Sage will serve as the interim head coach. His support staff will include Jeremie Brechet, Jean-Francois Vulliez, and Remy Vercoutre. Their first assignment will be against Lens on Saturday in Ligue 1.