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West Ham sound out French boss

Filed: Thursday, 4th April 2019
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are reported to have made enquiries into the availability of Lyon manager Bruno Genesio.

According to a story by RMC Sport, both West Ham United and Newcastle United are understood to have registered their interest in talking to Genesio should he leave the Ligue 1 club this summer, as expected.

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The 52-year-old coach - who is represented by Pini Zahavi, an agent well known to West Ham - has been in charge of Les Gones since 2015 but is out of contract at the end of the current season.

And following OL's exit from Coupe de France - they were beaten 3-2 by Rennes in Tuesday's semi final - Genesio is expected to leave the club upon the expiry of his current contract.

The final decision regarding Genesio's future lies in the hands of Lyon CEO Jean-Michel Aulas - who has already intimated that he may be seeking to hold talks with former Chelsea and Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho.

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"You are constantly hearing of managers who want to come to Lyon," said Aulus this week. "I am delighted.

"I heard a great French manager, who was the manager of PSG; I heard a great Portuguese manager who was the manager of Manchester United; I heard a lot of managers hypothesise about coming to Lyon.

"We are not going to have discussions with other managers in the coming days."

The news that West Ham may be interested in speaking with other managers will come as a major surprise to United supporters, with current incumbent Manuel Pellegrini just one season in to a three-year contract signed last summer.

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