Graham Potter, a former manager of Chelsea and Brighton, has turned down the chance to coach Lyon.

Graham Potter Rejects Lyon Managerial Job

In order to try to oversee a significant reorganization in eastern France, the Ligue 1 club made him their top candidate. 

However, after meeting and being pleased by Lyon’s owner John Textor, Graham Potter finally decided it was not the right time to return to management, according to sources.

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The American owner of Lyon has high expectations for the team, and even though Lyon is now last in the standings, he expects to make significant investments in the team and infrastructure over the next months and years.

It is believed that Lyon will now focus on Paulo Fonseca, the manager of current-day Lille, and Julen Lopetegui, who left Wolves in August.

Only 31 games into a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge, Potter was let go by Chelsea in April, and he has been jobless ever since.

For the first time since 1996, the team finished outside the top half of the Premier League when it was in 11th place at the time.

The 48-year-old had been employed continuously since 2011, when he initially took Ostersunds from the Swedish fourth division to the top flight and European football.

Prior to being selected as Chris Hughton’s successor at Brighton in 2019, he spent a year on loan at Swansea.

He would work at the Amex Stadium for just over three years, directing a change in the team’s on-field attitude that led to their ninth-place finish in the league in 2021‚Äď2022, which was a record at the time.

The other candidate for Lyon is Fonseca, who joined Lille in June 2022 and guided them to fifth place in Ligue 1 the previous campaign.

Despite the club having only 10 points from 16 games when he took over, Lopetegui kept Wolves from being relegated from the Premier League during a nine-month stint at Molineux.