Long-serving Bats to leave Lyon

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Olympique Lyonnais have announced that their long-serving goalkeeping coach Joël Bats will leave the club in the winter break.

Bats, 60, had been under contract at OL until next June but the club will allow him to leave early so that he can join up with former Lyon coach Rémi Garde at MLS side Montréal Impact. A loyal servant to Lyon since arriving in 2000, he will now depart at the end of December.

Coupet to step up

Bats, who notably played for AJ Auxerre and Paris Saint-Germain and was in goal for France as they won the European Championship in 1984, will be replaced in the role by Grégory Coupet. The ex-OL goalkeeper has up until now been working as a coach for the club's younger 'keepers.

"Olympique Lyonnais warmly thank Joël Bats for everything he has brought to the club, both on a sporting and on a human level, particularly to several generations of goalkeepers over 17 years," said the club in a statement. The statement added that Lyon "are delighted that a historic former player, shaped by Joël Bats, will succeed him."

Bruno Genesio's Lyon side currently sit third in the Ligue 1 Conforama table after 12 games, having gone nine matches unbeaten in all competitions.

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