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Coach Puel to lead Lyon's European charge

Latest update : 2008-06-18

The former Lille manager Claude Puel will replace Alain Perrin at the head of French champions Lyon. Though he presided over Lyon's seventh successive league triumph, outgoing manager Perrin made little progress in the Champions' League.

French champions Lyon are set to name Claude Puel as their new manager later Wednesday, club sources said.

The 48-year-old Puel, who was in charge of first division rivals Lille last season, will sign a four-year-contact to take over from Alain Perrin who pulled off a cup and league double but still lost his job as European success eluded the club.

Perrin had been in charge for just one season after being shown the door at Portsmouth in the English Premier League.

"We have been after him (Puel) for a long time," said Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas on Monday as Lille midfielder Jean II Makoun joined the champions.

Puel spent 18 years as a player at Monaco winning league titles in 1982 and 1988 and then went on to coach the principality side to the league title in 2000 before joining Lille in 2002.

Date created : 2008-06-18

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