Lyon coach Le Guen quits on a high

9th May 2005, Comments 0 comments

LYON, France, May 9 (AFP) - Paul Le Guen, who masterminded Lyon's fourth consecutive French league title triumph, announced Monday that he was quitting as coach.

LYON, France, May 9 (AFP) - Paul Le Guen, who masterminded Lyon's fourth consecutive French league title triumph, announced Monday that he was quitting as coach.  

"I've decided not to extend my contract," Le Guen told a press conference.  

"I leave proud of my achievements. I leave happy and thanking everyone in the club, Jean-Michel Aulas (president), the training staff and the players who have all allowed me to have three exceptional years."  

Lyon wrapped up the title with a 2-1 win over Ajaccio on Sunday to make sure of the championship with three games still to play and join St Etienne (1967-1970) and Marseille (1989-1992) as only the third French club to have put together such a four-in-a-row record.  

Since succeeding Jacques Santini, the 41-year-old former Rennes coach Le Guen has proved himself a manager out of the top drawer.  

Santini left the north Rhone club to become coach of France on the crest of a wave after delivering them a first French title since their launch half a century earlier.  

Le Guen's departure will likely start a chase for his services next season with some of the biggest club sides in Europe bidding to become his new employers.

 

© AFP

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