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Coaches under pressure ahead of French Cup final

AFP , PARIS

French forward Karim Ben Zema, rear, chats with Italian Fabio Grosso during a training session in Lyon, France, on Thursday.

PHOTO: AFP

The winning coach of today's French Cup final at the Stade de France between League champions Lyon and League Cup winners Paris Saint Germain cannot count on job security despite achieving the double.

Lyon coach Alain Perrin is on the verge of notching up the first League and Cup double in the club’s history and led them to a seventh consecutive championship after a year in the job, but club president Jean Michel Aulas has made noises that a new sweep of the broom could see him exit the club.

Paul Le Guen, who just managed to save PSG from relegation after last weekend’s final round of matches, has been under the constant pressure all coaches of this club suffer and being a former hero as a player has surprisingly not helped his situation.

At Lyon, Aulas said after the 3-1 victory over Auxerre last weekend to win the title: “Alain Perrin will be the coach for Saturday’s final of the French Cup and then we will have a look at the situation. If we have a change of coach it is to try and take the club even further forward.”

Le Guen arrived in January last year as a replacement for Guy Lacombe and since then has been fighting relegation constantly.

Although PSG beat Lens 2-1 on March 29 to win the French League Cup and would take both cup titles should they win today, he is out of favor with the PSG board. Le Guen might go even if he wins today.

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