Pedros: Having fun is a core concept at Lyon

The pleasure of giving

Pedros’ appointment as Gerard Precheur’s successor at Lyon took many people by surprise. Having been out of coaching after a three-year stint with Saint Pryvé-Saint Hilaire in the French fourth tier ended in 2012, he was working as a TV pundit when Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas invited him to make a return to the dugout.

“I had no hesitation in accepting,” Pedros told “Coaching Lyon means working with a high-quality team towards the very highest objectives and getting and giving pleasure in the process. It’s a position that offers everything I love in football. It’s not easy to get all those things in one job but I’ve found them here.”

Nantes’ midfield engine

It is a recipe reminiscent of the one that brought Nantes success during his time there in the 1990s. Les Canaris and their attractive brand of football, based on a short, fast passing game famously known as le jeu à la Nantaise, brought entertainment and results.

“It’s something that we are trying to replicate here, as far as we can,” explained Pedros, who has Charles Devineau, who worked in the Nantes youth system, as his assistant at l’OL. “Having fun is a core concept here, just as it was at Nantes. The aim is to enjoy ourselves in working together, suffering together and winning together.”

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