Robert Duverne is in his first season as first team fitness coach, after being appointed on January 10, 2018.
Following an amateur soccer career and earning his STAPS (Science and technique of physical and sports activities) Master's Degree in 1990, Duverne jointed the Olympique Lyonnais technical staff under head coach Raymond Domenech. He served as fitness coach with OL from 1991 to 1993, from 1995 to 2009 and then from 2011 to 2014, working alongside several head coaches, including Raymond Domenech, Guy Stephan, Bernard Lacombe, Paul Le Guen, Gérard Houllier, Alain Perrin, Claude Puel and Rémi Garde.
Originally from Lyon, he was part of the historic run of seven consecutive Ligue 1 championships between 2002 and 2008, while also winning two Coupes de France in 2008 and 2012, one Coupe de la Ligue in 2001 and seven Trophées des Champions.
He also held the same duties with the French national team with Domenech, joining Les Bleus in 2006 for their preparation ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Germany. He left Lyon in June 2009 to focus exclusively on the national team and its qualifying campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, in South Africa.
He briefly worked with Arles-Avignon after the world tournament and then joined Gérard Houllier at Aston Villa, in the Premier League, in September 2010.
After his three last seasons in Lyon under Rémi Garde, Duverne acted as fitness coach with FC Metz from August 2012 to November 2014, before returning to Aston Villa, this time with Garde, for the 2015-16 season.
He also served as assistant coach with RC Lens, in Ligue 2, for the first half of the 2017-18 season.