Garde confirms Lyon departure

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Olympique Lyonnais have confirmed that Rémi Garde will not extend his contract, which is due to expire next month. Next Saturday's trip to OGC Nice will be the 48-year-old's final game in charge.

Garde met with his squad on Tuesday morning to confirm the decision, which he is reported to have taken a number of weeks ago. He subsequently met with the press, saying that he was leaving due to 'personal and family reasons' and immediately moved to dispel the idea that he would be at a different club next season.

Fans had been anticipating Garde's departure, with a sign in the north tribune at the Stade de Gerland unfurled in last weekend's 1-0 loss to FC Lorient which thanked an 'outstanding' coach for his three years in charge.

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"Rémi will terminate his contract, which was due to expire on 30 June," an emotional Lyon chairman Jean-Michel Aulas - who had tried until Monday to change Garde's mind - confirmed to the club's in-house media outlets. "We will not now take an entrepreneur who does not speak French and who comes with a bloated staff."

En Avant de Guingamp's Coupe de France-winning coach Jocelyn Gourvennec has been linked with the role, as have FC Sochaux-Montbéliard's Hervé Renard and Stade de Reims manager Hubert Fournier. Former Lyon star Juninho - a fulcrum of the OL team who won a record seven consecutive Ligue 1 titles - is also in the running.

Garde led Lyon to the Coupe de France title in 2012, guiding the side to the third Champions League spot last season. This year has been more difficult, though Les Gones still look likely to end the campaign in fifth having enjoyed a run to the final of the Coupe de la Ligue and quarter-finals of the Europa League.

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