Graham Potter turns down Lyon five months after leaving Chelsea,

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The Ligue 1 club made him their first choice to try to oversee a major restructure in eastern France, but while Potter met with, and was impressed by, Lyon’s owner John Textor, Potter has ultimately decided it is not the right time to move back into management.

Lyon’s American owner has big ambitions for the club, and with the club bottom of the table, he plans to invest heavily in the squad and facilities over the coming months and years.

It is thought Lyon will now turn their attentions to current Lille boss Paulo Fonseca and Julen Lopetegui, who left Wolves in August.

Potter has been out of work since he was sacked by Chelsea in April, only 31 games into a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge. At the time, the club were 11th in the Premier League and went on to finish outside the top half for the first time since 1996

Prior to that, the 48-year-old had been in continuous work since 2011, first leading Ostersunds from the Swedish fourth tier to the top flight and European football.

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