Lyon deny Lippi contact

Image: Puel: Under pressure

Lyon have insisted they have not held talks with Marcello Lippi about the possibility of becoming manager.

Le Guen also linked with replacing under-pressure Puel

Lyon have insisted they have not held talks with Marcello Lippi about the possibility of becoming manager. Puel is under pressure with the French giants having endured a dismal start to the new Ligue 1 season, which sees them lie 17th after just one win from their opening six games. A fourth league defeat at home to bitter local rivals and current league leaders St Etienne on Saturday could reportedly see Puel axed after just over two years at the helm. Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas is rumoured to have already had a meeting with Italian World Cup-winning coach Lippi about the possibility of succeeding Puel. Lyon won the league title for seven straight years before the former Monaco and Lille coach took charge in the summer of 2008 and they have been trophyless since.

Statement

But the club has released a statement saying: "L'Olympique Lyonnais deny any contract with Marcello Lippi or any other coach." Le Parisian also named Paul Le Guen as a potential target having led Lyon to three straight Ligue 1 titles between 2002 and 2005. The French coach, 46, is a free agent after a poor World Cup with Cameroon and is thought to have been the first target for Lyon officials. Lippi, 62, is also a free agent after holders Italy crashed out of the group stage in South Africa.

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