French Ligue 1: Struggling Lyon sack manager Fabio Grosso after seven games in charge

Football News Former defender Fabio Grosso won the World Cup with Italy in 2006
NOV 30, 2023 LISTEN
Former defender Fabio Grosso won the World Cup with Italy in 2006

Ligue 1 strugglers Lyon have sacked Italian manager Fabio Grosso after just seven games in charge.

Grosso, 46, leaves seven-time French champions Lyon bottom of the table after overseeing only one victory in his seven Ligue 1 matches.

His dismissal comes less than 11 weeks after he replaced the sacked Laurent Blanc in September.

Lyon, last crowned champions in 2007-08, confirmed Frenchman Pierre Sage will take charge on a temporary basis.

"Olympique Lyonnais would like to thank Fabio Grosso and his assistants for their dedication and professionalism since taking over the professional team," Lyon said.

A 2-0 home defeat by Lille on Sunday left Lyon with seven points after 12 games - and five points adrift of safety.

Grosso, a former Italy international who played for Lyon between 2007 and 2009, was seriously injured in an attack on the team's bus in Marseille in October.

He and assistant Raffaele Longo were struck by projectiles and sustained facial injuries, leaving the Lyon manager bandaged above the eye.

Grosso, who led Italian club Frosinone to Serie A promotion last season, helped Lyon achieve their sole victory this season against Rennes earlier in November.

His contract was due to run until June 2024, but academy coach Sage will now take charge away at Lens on Saturday.