After 13 years, Christophe Lollichon’s time at Chelsea Football Club could be coming to an end. The goalkeeper coach who’s survived the whims and preferences of countless managers and almost as many goalkeepers, who’s reinvented himself in a more administrative role after clashing with Thibaut Courtois in 2016, scouting and working mainly with loanees rather than the first-team, has been interviewed by Olympique Lyonnais for a vacancy.
According to a report from French newspaper L’Équipe, he’s just one of three names on Lyon’s shortlist to replace Grégory Coupet, who’s surprisingly gone off to FC Dijon. Other candidates include former Lyon goalkeeper Rémy Vercoutre, ASSE goalkeeper coach Fabrice Grange (who’s apparently the prefernce of Lyon No.1, Anthony Lopes), and Stade Rennais goalkeeper coach Christophe Revel. Incidentally, Lollichon made his name at Rennes while coaching a certain Petr Čech.
Despite the return of Čech to the club as technical
director advisor and the promotion of a brand new goalkeeper coach in Henrique Hilário, Lollichon has remained in a largely background supporting role. Should he wish to get back into a bigger role at a club, this could be an enticing opportunity indeed.
Although he’d probably have to give up his part-time gig as sporting director of French fifth division club AGL-Drapeu Fougères.