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"Inconsistent" would probably be the best word to describe Remi Garde's first two-and-a-half seasons at Lyon.
Garde's first term at the Stade de Gerland ended in disappointment as they missed out on the Champions League, although Lyon did win the Coupe de la Ligue under his stewardship.
A third-place finish and a return to the Champions League was secured last season, but Les Gones could not advance past the final play-off round.
The failure to reach the group stages of the Champions League has so far been the low point of this campaign, which has seen Lyon bounce back after a dismal start and seal a return to the Coupe de la Ligue final.
Garde has seen a number of key players leave during his tenure, with the likes of Lisandro Lopez, Michel Bastos and Dejan Lovren all heading through the exit door.
Those departures and lack of spending has meant that Garde has had to build a side around players that have come almost predominantly from Lyon's impressive youth academy.
Fortunately those players have performed well this season, helping keep Lyon in the hunt for a place in next season's Champions League.
Garde has been tipped as a potential successor to Arsene Wenger, and given his early achievements with a large group of young players, it is a comparison that seems to have some credence.