On Wednesday, Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, stepped back from his position until the results of the French government audit into the federation are known. Since, numerous figures have been linked with Le Graët’s position, including Olympique Lyonnais president Jean-Michel Aulas.
However, Aulas has no ambitions of replacing Le Graët, who has stepped back from the role, at least temporarily, after disrespectful comments about Zinédine Zidane, and amidst allegations of sexual harassment. Philippe Digard has replaced Le Graët as head of the FFF in the interim.
However, should a long-term successor be chosen, it most likely won’t be Aulas, who distanced himself from the role. In an interview with Franceinfo, transcribed by L’Équipe, the Lyon president revealed that he has designs on a different role: becoming president of the French Women’s Football League. “You have to know how to delegate and give time to priority subjects, and for me, the development of women’s football is one of my highest ambitions,” he said.
The Lyon women’s team is one of the most successful on the continent, having won a record eight Champions League titles.
GFFN | Luke Entwistle