Lyon plan for future
Alain Perrin may lose his job at Lyon, but they want to keep Fred, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gregory Coupet.
By Patrick Haond & Patricio Figueroa
Last Updated: 26/04/08 12:05pm
Lyon coach Alain Perrin admits he may lose his job at the end of the season, but the club are looking to secure the long-term futures of Fred, Hatem Ben Arfa and Gregory Coupet.
Although Lyon are still on course for league and cup success, chairman Jean-Michel Aulas seriously questioned Perrin's future at the club during the week.
The former Portsmouth boss believes speculation about his future is all part of the job and, while he insists he is not losing any sleep over his future, he knows he may be out of a job at the end of the season.
"It is part of the job and it is a part of my professional life I can't control," he told a press conference.
"I can only work on preparing for the next match and trying to achieve the double.
"That doesn't stop me from sleeping or focusing on the next game. The chairman stated the decision will be made later. We will take stock at the end of the season.
"You have been talking about my departure for a long time, and it seems I have just delayed the due date.
"Anyway, it is not my main worry."
However, Lyon are looking to tie a number of key players down to new long-term deals.
Having been linked with moves to Paris St Germain, Middlesbrough and Tottenham in January, Brazil striker Fred admits he is now looking to stay with the French champions and is very tempted by a three-year contract extension.
"The president sent me a proposal for renewing my contract for three years and I am very happy about that," he told the South American press.
"Now I am going to analyse it and decide what to do with my brother, but it's an interesting proposal.
"Lyon are a giant team with many aims for the future. I am happy I decided to stay at Lyon during the winter transfer window."
According to L'Equipe, Lyon have also offered highly-rated youngster Ben Arfa a two-year contract extension with doubled wages to ward off the advances of Europe's top sides.
Veteran keeper Coupet, meanwhile, could also sign a deal to finish his career at the club.
The France international, 35, had reportedly been looking to leave the club earlier this month, but it appears he could be persuaded to stay after being offered a long-term deal with the opportunity to work as a coach at the club when he retires.