Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas admits he wants Jose Mourinho as manager

by Leo Nieboer

Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas has openly canvassed the idea of appointing Jose Mourinho as manager at some point in the future.

The Portuguese has been subject to interest from Paris Saint Germain in recent weeks and spoke glowingly of Unai Emery’s side last month.

But Mourinho has made it clear in recent weeks that he was not currently thinking about a move to France whilst not ruling it out completely.

And Aulas, when asked whether he would think about installing Carlo Ancelotti as manager, instead entertained the prospect of securing a manager of Mourinho’s calibre.

“Today, that isn’t one of our ideas,” he said. “It’s better to lean on someone who grew up at Lyon. Rémi Garde had that profile to become an ‘English manager’.”

“However, I’m not closing the door to great European managers. I asked about a few people (Léonardo). My associate, Jérôme Seydoux, dreamt of a man currently working at Manchester United.”

There is no question that France serves as a tantalising future prospect for Mourinho. Having conquered Portugal, England, Italy, Spain and England again, France and Germany serve as the two big continental powers where he is yet to leave his mark.

For now, however, any talk of a hop over the channel should not be entertained. Manchester United have encountered something of a stasis over the last month and the general chatter surrounding the club is becoming growingly unproductive, of which this Mourinho to France chatter is a symptom.

Supporters will just hope that, once the international break ends, focus can recenter on what United can offer going forward, rather than what they are missing.

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