PSG name Galtier as new manager after sacking Pochettino

Christophe Galtier joins Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year contract after the club sacks Mauricio Pochettino.

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has announced Christophe Galtier as their new manager, shortly after the Ligue 1 champions parted ways with Mauricio Pochettino.

Galtier joins PSG on a two-year contract after leaving Nice last month, having guided them to a runners-up finish in the French Cup and fifth place in Ligue 1 last season.

The 55-year-old Frenchman joined Nice in 2021 after leading Lille to their first Ligue 1 title since 2011 in the previous campaign. Before joining Lille, Galtier spent eight seasons at Saint-Etienne, where he won the French Cup in 2012-2013.

“When you’re here [at the Parc des Princes] you feel the expectations,” Galtier, who is PSG’s first French coach since Laurent Blanc in 2013-16, said on Tuesday.

“I appreciate the responsibility that I have so that PSG can have a great season. I have been getting ready for it. If I have accepted his job it is because I am capable of it. But we have to do it all together,” he said.

At PSG, Galtier will be reunited with Luis Campos, the club’s newly-appointed football adviser, with the pair having worked together at Lille.

Zidane speculation

Galtier’s appointment comes after PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi put an end to speculation surrounding France great Zinedine Zidane, dismissing reports that PSG had been in talks with the 1998 World Cup winner about becoming their new boss.

“We never talked with Zidane. I love the player and the coach but we never talked with him. Christophe Galtier was always our first option,” Al-Khelaifi told a news conference on Tuesday.

Pochettino, who was appointed by PSG in January 2021, won the Ligue 1 title in 2021-22 and the French Cup in 2020-21 but failed to deliver in the Champions League, the only significant trophy that has eluded PSG since Qatar Sports Investments took over in 2011.

Mauricio Pochettino gestures during the League One football match [File: Jeremias Gonzalez/AP]

PSG, eight times league winners since the takeover, were Champions League runners-up in 2020, but they were knocked out in the last 16 last season by eventual champions Real Madrid.

Pochettino came in with a strong resume after making Tottenham Hotspur perennial top-four finishers in England’s Premier League and guiding them to the Champions League final in 2019.

Despite having a star-studded squad at his disposal at PSG, with Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi leading the attack, Pochettino failed to win the other domestic trophies on offer, lifting only the league title last season.

Pochettino leaves PSG after 84 competitive games in charge, having won 55, drawn 15 and lost 14.

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