After Mourinho says no, Lyon hires Rudi Garcia as coach

The Associated Press
Lyon players celebrate after winning the Champions League group G first round soccer match between RB Leipzig and Olympique Lyon, in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)
Lyon players celebrate after winning the Champions League group G first round soccer match between RB Leipzig and Olympique Lyon, in Leipzig, Germany, Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2019. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

LYON, France (AP) -- Turned down by Jose Mourinho, Lyon has hired Rudi Garcia as coach.

Lyon says Garcia signed a two-year contract to replace Sylvinho, a Brazilian who was fired after only a few months in charge.

Lyon is 14th in the 20-team French league standings, though is unbeaten in its Champions League group. Lyon plays at Benfica next week.

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Garcia spent the past three seasons with Marseille, and has also coached another of Lyon's big rivals, Saint-Etienne. He previously coached Lille, featuring a young Eden Hazard, to the league and cup double in 2011.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas said last week the team approached Mourinho with an offer.

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