Aulas confirms Mourinho has turned down Lyon job

Jose Mourinho has turned down Lyon.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas says Jose Mourinho has turned down the chance to become the club’s next manager.

Lyon are looking for a new boss after parting company with Sylvinho following a disappointing start to the season that culminated in a 1-0 defeat against St Etienne.

The process is already underway and Aulas set his targets very high after revealing he made an approach to Mourinho, who is out of work after leaving Manchester United last season.

However, unfortunately for Lyon, Mourinho appears to have set his heart on a move elsewhere and turned down the Aulas approach.

“We had some fairly flattering exchanges over SMS,” Aulus said. “It was nice for everyone. He did not accept our proposal to meet because he has already chosen another club.”

Aulus went on to admit he is a fan of Nice head coach and ex-Arsenal midfielder Patrick Vieira, but says it would be difficult to strike a deal given he is under contract and so compensation would need to be paid.

“He (Vieira) is certainly one of the managers that I like the most,” Aulus added. “Gerard Houllier knows him well after they rubbed shoulders in New York. Sadly, he is under contract, he is not free.”

Remi Garde, who managed Lyon for three years before a disastrous stint at Aston Villa, is also under consideration, Aulas has admitted.

“He has not yet been contacted, but it is a possible route,” he said. “For the moment, talks haven’t happened, but maybe they will.”