Asked behind the scenes of OL Women’s victory in the Coupe de France this Saturday, Jean-Michel Aulas spoke about his recent dismissal from the management of Les Gones.
Rarely has President Aulas appeared so moved. The Lyonnaises victorious in the Coupe de France this Saturday in Orléans at the expense of PSG (2-1), the iconic boss of OL has not escaped the turbulent news of his club these days, he who is forced to bow out after 36 years of good and loyal service. ” It’s a lot of emotions, when you give thirty-six years of your life to football, it’s not easy to leave what you love the most with your familyhe breathes. But it was a beautiful afternoon. I hear my daughters singing, it warms the heart, it allows me to climb mountains, but also to be able to rest peacefully, and to still give everything for women’s football, which is great. »
Quoted by L’Equipe, “JMA” delivers the substance of his thoughts on a departure he did not imagine so premature. ” You know, I’m going to retire. If it had only depended on me, I wouldn’t have done it so quickly, but that being the case, you have to accept the rule, which is that one. I am a happy man, I retire on a title. It’s the 35th for women, plus 19 for boys, 20 with the Academy, it’s 74 titles in total that I had the chance to win… »
“I did the job”
And to continue, while his OL have an appointment with the same PSG next week for the ultimate turning point in the French championship: “ I am going to retire next week after this match of our women with a heavy heart – because friendships, very strong relationships have been created -, but also by being peaceful, serene. I did the work, what I wanted to do, without ever giving in to pressure. When you feel that you no longer have this role to play, you have to know how to do it with elegance. That’s what I try to do. »