October 7, 2019 / 8:24 PM / 13 days ago

Lyon part company with coach Sylvinho after derby defeat

Soccer Football - Champions League - Group G - RB Leipzig v Olympique Lyonnais - Red Bull Arena, Leipzig, Germany - October 2, 2019 Olympique Lyonnais coach Sylvinho reacts REUTERS/Matthias Rietschel

(Reuters) - Olympique Lyonnais have parted company with coach Sylvinho and have named Gerald Baticle as caretaker, the Ligue 1 side said on Monday.

Lyon are 14th in the standings on nine points after nine games, winning two matches under Sylvinho, drawing three and losing four. His last game in charge was Sunday’s 1-0 defeat away to fierce local rivals St Etienne.

His side have fared better in the Champions League, taking four points from two matches to sit second in Group G.

The former Brazil left back retired from the game in 2011 after playing for clubs such as Arsenal, Barcelona and Manchester City.

He worked as an assistant to Roberto Mancini at Inter Milan and later with the Brazil team before being appointed as a first team coach for the first time with Lyon in May, succeeding Bruno Genesio.

Reporting by Richard Martin, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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