Jean Fernandez will mark his 600th match as a Ligue 1 coach on Saturday when his Montpellier side look to curtail a poor run of form when they face surprise package Guingamp.
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Fernandez started his coaching career in 1985 at Cannes where a youngster called Zinedine Zidane was already showing extraordinary skill with the ball.
His managerial odyssey then took him throughout France and to Saudi Arabia and Tunisia.
There were two spells at Marseille whom he guided to the 1993 Champions League title before returning in 2005 and 2006 where he had Franck Ribery under his tutelage.
The 59-year-old allowed himself to reminisce, telling midilibre.fr: "In this job it is not easy.
"I still have the same passion and I hope to celebrate the 700th match in Montpellier."
The 59-year-old joined Montpellier in the summer after leaving Nancy in January 2013 when he was unable to lead them away from a struggle with the team eventually relegated.
Fernandez though finds himself in only a marginally better position today with Montpellier having only won on two occasions this season.
Two points from the last 12 sees them fifth from bottom and in dire need of staunching the rot against a Guingamp side who have surprised everyone with their form following promotion.
For Fernandez victory is the sole objective with the target of making the top 10 before the winter break with the final round of games on December 22.
He said: "The goal is to take three points.
"We set the boys (the target) to be in the top 10 at the break. We have six games to get there."
It is in stark contrast to the fortunes of Guingamp who have been a surprise package so far although they have taken just one point from the last six.