Just over a week after their loss to Paris-Saint Germain in the Champions League quarterfinals ended their five-year reign as European champions, Olympique Lyonnais has moved on from coach Jean-Luc Vasseur.
In a statement released Tuesday, the club said the two have mutually agreed to part ways following an internal review of the season intended to “find the necessary mechanisms to allow the team to successfully finish a season that has been played in difficult circumstances.”
In Vasseur’s place, Lyon has hired Sonia Bompastor, the first female head coach in club history.
Bompastor played for Lyon from 2006-09 and 2010-13, during which she won six league titles, three French cups, and two Champions League titles — including the club’s first in 2011. She also played for the French national team, earning 156 caps and serving as captain from 2004-06.
Lyon has signed Bompastor to a two-year contract that expires in June 2023.
“We wanted a return to OL’s DNA,” Lyon owner and president Jean-Michel Aulas said in a press conference Tuesday morning. “My idea was that the most important positions in the women’s team should be held by women.”
The club also cited ACL injuries to Ada Hegerberg, the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner, and Griedge Mbock Bathy as factors in their struggles this season.