Former Arsenal midfielder and Lyon manager Remi Garde has rocketed up the next permanent Newcastle manager betting to become 2/1 favourite.
Garde stepped down of his own choosing at the end of the 2013/14 after three campaigns at Stade Gerland in what had been his first managerial role .
But what went down during his tenure with Les Gones?
The 48-year-old took over from Claude Puel in the wake of the successful 2010/11 campaign, when Lyon achieved Champions League qualification for the 12th season in succession.
Star men Jeremy Toulalan and Miralem Pjanic were sold before the end of Garde’s first transfer window in charge, in what was to become a continuing theme across his tenure.
He spearheaded the side to a fourth place finish in his maiden campaign, against the backdrop of Paris Saint-Germain’s introduction to the oligarchy.
However, the former Les Bleus international still managed to steer his charges to the Coupe de France title
Over the campaigns that followed he had to strive to keep Lyon in the manner to which they’d become accustomed against a backdrop of constant belt-tightening and player sales.
The club’s owners cashed in on Hugo Lloris, Kim Kallstrom and Aly Cissokho at the end of the season, yet Garde still managed to lead his side back into the Champions League after a one-term hiatus thanks to a third placed finish.
Unfortunately, they were bounced by Real Sociedad in qualifying for the 2013/14 competition.
Once again the squad was gutted, with Michel Bastos allowed to leave and Dejan Lovren sold to Southampton.
Garde was forced to do battle with a very youthful side, which posted an awful run of one win in 12 games early in the campaign.
However, once again he managed to turn things around ending the campaign in a respectable fifth place, having reached the Coupe de la Ligue final to boot.