Focus on France

Changing of Garde gives Lyon lift

July 16, 2011
By Andy Brassell
(Archive)
An interesting aside to Remi Garde's appointment as coach of Olympique Lyonnais was in the detail of his presentation. At 45, Garde doesn't have the UEFA Pro Licence and so was actually appointed as 'technical director', with long-term goalkeeping coach and now assistant coach Joel Bats - who does have the pro licence - acting as the name above the door. Lyon's travails of the last three years mean a little loophole location to satisfy the rules counts not even as a minor inconvenience.

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