Vote of confidence for Puel

Aulas said: “There was a board meeting which analysed the season so far. Our league form is disappointing but we have on reflection decided to keep the current staff in place.”

Puel spent heavily in the summer to bring in Jimmy Briand and Yoann Gourcuff, but his side endured a tough start to the season before appearing to have turned a corner with a recent run of victories.

However, they drew with the bottom side in the French league, Arles-Avignon, over the weekend and lost to PSG in the Coupe de la Ligue on Wednesday.