|Date of birth||16 June 1961|
|Place of birth||Saint-Brieuc, France|
|2001–2003||Stade de Reims (assistant)|
|2010–2014||Olympique Lyonnais (W)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18 September 2014.
As a footballer Lair played in the lower categories in France. After spending a decade in Stade Briochin and US Avranches, in 1987 he moved to FC Périguex where he had his first experience as a coach, coaching the junior team while playing in the first team. He repeated these functions in US Saint-Malo before making his debut as a player-coach in USA Pouancé in 1993. He subsequently played and coached for Racing Doué, AC Pouzauges, Trélissac FC, ESA Briviste and Reims either as a player-coach or training junior teams, before retiring in 2001.
After retiring he was appointed the assistant coach of Stade de Reims, which was promoted in 2002 to Ligue 2 after a decade in lower categories. After first coach Marc Collat was sacked in 2003 he was offered his position, but he declined the offer and moved to AS Angoulême as an assistant coach. In 2004 he held his first position as a first coach in CS Villeneuve, and in 2005 he made his debut in women's football, taking charge of defending champion Montpellier HSC. Under Lair's two-years tenure Montpellier won two national cups, reached the 2006 European Cup semifinals and was the championship's runner-up behind FCF Juvisy and Olympique Lyonnais. Lair subsequently returned to male amateur football, coaching Castelnau-le-Crès FC for two seasons. In 2009, he moved to Benin to coach Espoir de Savalou, but he left the team after a month. He also coached briefly the Rwanda under-17 national team, also serving as the senior team's assistant coach, the following year.
In June 2010 Lair returned to France to coach Olympique Lyonnais women's team, replacing Farid Benstiti. He was nominated for the FIFA Women's Football World Coach award in 2011 and 2012. After the 2013–14 Division 1 Féminine season, Lair stepped down as the Coach of Olympique Lyonnais women's team, after achieving a third straight domestic double. He stated that it was the perfect way to leave. During his reign at Lyon, Lair led the club to four Division 1 Féminine titles, three Coupe de France Féminine titles and two UEFA Women's Champions League titles.
- A Briochin named national manager in Rwanda. Le Télégramme, 15 April 2010
- Patrice Lair wants to "win the European Cup". Olympique Lyonnais' website, 17 June 2010
- Women’s shortlists for 2011 FIFA Ballon d’Or Gala revealed. FIFA, 25 October 2011
- "Lair leaves Lyon". UEFA. 9 June 2014. Retrieved 18 September 2014.