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Garde set for Lyon exit

Lyon boss Remi Garde has confirmed he will leave the Ligue 1 side at the end of the season due to personal reasons.

The former Arsenal defender, who started his playing career at Lyon, spent three years in charge at Stade de Gerland after initially rejoining the club as a coach in 2003.

The 48-year-old claimed the French Cup in his debut season, but has failed to secure a top-four finish this time around after a mixed campaign.

Garde's contract is set to expire in the summer and he does not plan on signing a new one.

"I made that decision only for personal and family reasons, because I didn't feel enough energy to go on," he said.

Lyon president Jean-Michel Aulas claims he did all he could to persuade Garde to stay, but accepts that a parting of ways is now inevitable.

"Remi will not extend his contract despite multiple proposals on our side," he said.

"Remi took this decision based on personal and family reasons.

"We hold the man in high esteem, but Remi has also performed tremendously given the means he had been given."

Guingamp boss Jocelyn Gourvennec is reported to be Lyon's top target, while former midfielder Juninho and former France manager Raymond Domenech have also been linked to the post.