LEAGUE 1 – Government and transfer window, what can change the OL’s takeover?

An announcement with great impetus, a very busy press conference, a transfer of power … The OL began this Tuesday a great change in its history with the arrival of the American billionaire John Textor at the head of the club. Whoever already owns, among other things, 90% of Botafogo, will become the majority shareholder of OL with the purchase of just over 66% of the shares.

We have said it over and over again, with this operation Lyon enters a new stage, which will be closing the Aulassian era. But the one who manages his Twitter account as well as his club is not about to leave the keys to the truck to the first to come. He made sure his “The term of office of the CEO would be renewed for at least 3 years, and with the support of the entire current management teamSo what happens when nothing changes?

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A governance to observe

Never before has Ligue 1 experienced such a set-up. That of a historic president and owner, with control over his club, who agrees to let go and share the head seat. Saint-Etienne has a good experience of governing Romeyer-Caïazzo, but when he took office in 2004, as a member of the board, he was far from the size of Aulas today. Lens met the double Martel – Mammadov, he arrived in 2013 with the setbacks we know him, however the roles were more clearly defined between the Azeri who injected the money and who held the reins.

Especially because according to L’Equipe, John Textor’s project did not immediately win the hearts of Aulas for strategic and financial reasons: his acquisition plan was inferior to that presented by Foster Gillett. And at first, the owner of Botafogo had little taste for the idea of ​​an Aulas still firmly in place, with the anchor we know, after the inauguration. Perhaps the nerve center of night-time negotiations between Sunday and Monday. “In the video, at 3 in the morning, everything was signed“, Aulas explained in a press conference.

So Textor reassured the text: “There will be no changes in management, that is not the goal. (…). We did something unique. When a shareholder becomes the majority, the board generally reflects this change, but we want to leave some autonomy.“But if there were initial intentions not to keep Aulas at the helm of the club, some turmoil at the top of the government cannot be ruled out. of friction are not uncommon.

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And on the ground?

Tuesday’s press conference had the merit of clarifying two things. The first: the arrival of a new shareholder does not call into question the decision to keep Peter Bosz on the bench. The second confirmed by Textor: “We will inject 86 million euros, partly for contracting“, which will be added to the 90 million euros of the LFP-CVC agreement – the agreement of the League that will receive the OL between 2022 and 2024 and the weight reduction that the accountants of the Rhone expected. Tanguy Ndombele and Emerson return to London after their loan. Jason Denayer is released.

It is also rumored that Julian Pollersbeck, Léo Dubois and Thiago Mendes would not be selected in the event of a bid. And finally, it is no secret that Jérôme Boateng has become heavy and that Houssem Aouar would like to see new horizons. These sums in perspective are enough to delight the fans of Les Gones, but above all to fill the gaps of a squad that aims at Europe and wants to “win the Champions”. First to compensate for possible exits. Then, because Bosz is very much missing a left-back for the 2022/2023 season, and an experienced defender to accompany Castello Lukeba would not be a luxury, given the transfer errors of Da Silva and Boateng. The Dutch coach would not spit a major reinforcement in midfield either.

Leo Dubois

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And even if the OL says they want to get back to basics, their training, to get back on track, attracting a few big names is key when it comes to playing Europeans. Bruno Cheyrou, the sporting director, was already preparing for an eventful summer, the injection of fresh money coated with the brilliance of a new owner will make it necessary.

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