I retire with a heavy heart, "said Saturday Jean-Michel Aulas, after attending the triumph of OL in the final of the Women's France Cup against PSG (2-1), but the historic boss of the club praised "the passion" of his successors and promised to put them "in the best conditions".
In his first appearance in front of the media since his ouster by OL's new owners, Aulas gave a long monologue, saying in particular: "If it had been up to me, (I would not have left) so quickly.»
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On the adventure of OL's women
It's an absolutely incredible saga. So obviously we did everything to ensure that the structures were identical to those of the boys (...) These wonderful players are accompanied by a unique staff, with as many specialists in video, physiotherapy, osteopathy, medical, technique, as in the professional teams of boys. "
On her vision at the FFF for women's football
«It is our ambition to ensure that French professional football gives thousands of young girls the desire to come and play football. Because it is often the elite that creates the growth dynamic, with Paris SG and Olympique Lyonnais, with now four or five other clubs, which in D1 are able to beat any other club (we will try to) create a league that is for the France a bit what was at the time the English Premier League, who had made the right decisions in the boys a little before the others.»
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About the Women's France Team
«We will try at the federation (...) to equip itself with the most relevant means to ensure that French football as a whole is at the highest level with the D1 Arkema but also with the France team. Hervé Renard was there tonight, it's great to have the coach with all his assistants who looks at the girls, who scrutinizes, who lives at the same pace as the clubs, it's important because we do not have a very high level France team without the very high level clubs being accompanied.»
On his departure from the club
«I'm going to withdraw, if it had been up to me I wouldn't have done it so quickly, but you have to accept the rule. I am a happy man, since I am retiring on a title, and there will still be one match next Sunday for the championship (OL travel to PSG with three points ahead two days from the end of D1). I will retire with a heavy heart, because it is friendships, it is very strong relationships that have been created, but also by being peaceful, serene, having done the work, doing what I wanted to do, without ever giving in to pressure. And when you feel that you no longer have this role to play, you have to know how to do it with elegance, that's what I try to do. But when you give 36 years of your life to football, it's not easy to leave what you love most, with your family.»
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On the arrival of the new bosses
«While never having yielded on the principles, it was necessary to make sure to show that those who arrive have passion, also a vision, it was necessary to welcome them and put them in the best conditions for the future, I hope that everyone will have noticed that it was part of the man (that he is) to give everything when he is at the helm, And then to give everything so that those who come behind can achieve the best performances, because it will be my adrenaline of tomorrow.»