|Job||Lyon FC President|
2018 09 01 Retrieve
[Perez didn’t even want Mariano, at least not initially, according to Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas] Mariano said to me that he wished to go to Madrid and that is why he rejected the Sevilla offer. I informed Florentino Perez but his response was that Mariano was not the player they were in the market for, before making the offer
2019 02 25 Retrieve
[Memphis Depay and those attracting interest at Lyon have been slammed by the club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas] This match shows us all the way to go to achieve all our goals. Some players are far below their potential. Those who think they can make big transfers at the end of the year are wrong, they must talk less and give much more
2019 05 19 Retrieve
[Juninho will work alongside former Brazil assistant Sylvinho at the French side, with the latter succeeding Bruno Genesio as head coach] We saw Juni two times at Los Angeles to obtain his agreement and we have it. And he will come, even though there are some financial details remaining. He has a love story with Lyon
[As a player, Sylvinho starred at left-back for Corinthians, Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City, but this will be his first appointment as head coach following several spells as assistant] [Juninho] chose Sylvinho as a coach. And we have his agreement too. He has the ambition and the talent. We had to convince him because he had a lot of offers
2019 06 30 Retrieve
[Aulas says Lyon can spend €100m per year if required] We are capable of investing €100m per year. I don’t know if we’ll do it, but [if we do] not on one player. On five players. That’s a better strategy. Is it better to be the king of the transfer market for one year and earn yourself a reputation, or to build an environment over a long period where you can generate your own resources?
[This has successfully resulted in Lyon establishing themselves in Europe, while maintaining strength in the transfer market, as Tottenham have discovered] If I wait eight days, [Ndombele] will be worth €80m … Tottenham made us a first offer of €45m. Afterwards, we discussed. Nothing is set in stone, I assure you of that, and we’re in no rush. Tanguy is one of our best players. How much is he worth? I don’t know, but more than €45m for sure
2019 08 07 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas insists Man Utd target will stay] Moussa Dembele will not leave. The team was made for him. We recruited according to him. He becomes the number one striker, which he was not totally last season. It is not a question of money, it is a question of ambition. Moussa is part of the project just like [sporting director] Juninho or others. We want him to succeed and to reach the France team while playing for Lyon. We have a great deal of confidence in his capabilities and potential
2019 10 07 Retrieve
[Sylvinho sacked by Lyon after one win in nine matches] We have rarely been in that situation. Juninho will have to think. We are not where we wanted to be, that’s for sure
2019 10 10 Retrieve
[Mourinho rejected Lyon as he has already chosen another club] We had some fairly flattering exchanges over text. It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club. It was indeed Juninho who took the decision to change coach, he even had this view a little earlier on. He is going to continue to take responsibility on the football side in the same way. He is a boy who breathes football. In the first matches, he detected a certain number of problems. It is he who explained his decision to Sylvinho. I didn’t know of him (Sylvinho) before Juninho told me about him. The defensive style he offered created a destabilising effect in terms of the normal attacking style of Lyon. We made a mistake, but in general we don’t make a mistake twice
[While Aulas seemed to confirm Patrick Vieira will not be considered as he is under contract at Nice, Remi Garde – who coached Lyon between 2011 and 2014 – is an option] He hasn’t been contacted yet, but that is a possible route. For the moment, talks haven’t happened, but maybe they will
2019 10 14 Retrieve
[Lyon enjoyed a bright start under Sylvinho, starting the campaign with a 3-0 win over Monaco before thrashing Angers 6-0. But the French side then went on a dismal run, collecting just one victory in nine matches in all competitions, culminating in the Brazilian coach’s dismissal the day after their latest upset – a 1-0 defeat to Saint-Etienne] Juninho will have to think it over in the coming days. This was not sufficient. Juninho must think it over and tell us what he wants to do and I will decide with my board of directors. He is shaken, but we can’t do nothing
2019 10 24 Retrieve
[Earlier in October, indeed, Lyon chief Jean-Michel Aulas was moved to tell reporters] We got in touch with Mourinho, but he has already chosen his team
2020 03 14 Retrieve
[Jean-Michel Aulas has suggested the current campaign should be declared null and void after it was suspended due to the pandemic] The most logical thing would be to say we cancel everything and we start again on the situation at the start of the season, a white season. In any case, you have to look at what the regulations say. It is the only possible decision in this context.
After the intervention of the president, I, as president of the Ligue 1 clubs, immediately asked the president of the FFF and the president of the LFP to make this decision. This was what was done democratically by bringing the office together
2020 04 12 Tweet
[Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is going to do all he can to convince Memphis Depay to remain at the club] I really hope that Memphis will remain in the OL family for a long time to come. I will do everything for that. Memphis knows what I’m up for, I trust him
2020 04 25 Retrieve
[Jean-Michel Aulas says Lyon working on new Memphis contract after he rejected initial offers] There is no break [in the relationship]. We talk to his agents, I chat with him, and we will have the opportunity to meet him. We will do everything to evoke an extension. All the authorities in Lyon are in favour of extending his contract. We are working on it a lot. I have a lot of exchanges with Memphis, Rudi [Garcia, Lyon’s coach] too and Juni [Juninho Pernambucano, Lyon sporting director]. Not daily, but regularly. We made him a certain number of proposals, which he did not accept. He was waiting to be able to resume playing. He had imagined being able to play the Euros with Netherlands, then there was this injury. He recovered faster, but for the moment we have not agreed.
2020 04 29 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas wants play-offs to finish abandoned Ligue 1 season] The big sporting affairs cannot occur before September. The 2019-20 professional football season cannot return. I read carefully what UEFA said, they wanted us to go all the way to the end of the competitions, even if we might have to play on a reduced format and in August.
So, I think there is an alternative way which would consist of supplementing this end of the championship with a series of play-offs for the top and for the bottom which would take place in August, perhaps even in July behind closed doors.
Do not rush. I tell myself that, perhaps, in the deconfinement rules that have been proposed, there is still room to finish the championship
2020 05 01 Retrieve
[Lyon president Aulas criticises Ligue 1 for ending season early amid coronavirus] We contest this decision on three points. The stoppage of the league was decided by the LFP based on a certain number of pieces of information that were not decreed by the French government, notably with the recent statements from the minister for sport [Roxana Maracineanu], on being able to play behind closed doors and in front of less than 5,000 people.
We find that the LFP moved very quickly to stop the league. We put together a number of other scenarios, with playoffs that could have interested a number of TV broadcasters. I don’t want to attack one club more than another but Nice [who finished fifth] played more home games than us and played PSG once, while Lyon played them twice. This is not a decision without consequences, like for the amateur clubs. There are considerable things at stake. Over the course of the last 10 years, Lyon made up ground at least three times on the second placed side when there was a situation of being more than 10 points behind them.
This is robbing us of an opportunity that is very significant, of high value. We are going to claim damages, that are worth several dozen million Euros. Noel Le Graet has to face the consequences as president of the FFF. His management here was poor. There were poorly thought-out decisions. The relationship with the TV broadcasters was surprising. The governance during this period was questionable, almost all the presidents of the clubs think that. There are a number of things that should not have happened and we will not be leaving it there