Mauricio Pochettino sacked: PSG name Christophe Galtier as new manager

Pochettino departs after 18 months in charge after failing to win a much-coveted Champions League title for the Paris club

Paris Saint-Germain have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino despite the former Tottenham Hotspur boss leading the team to the Ligue 1 title with the French club.

Pochettino replaced Thomas Tuchel as PSG manager last January but was unable to guide the club to their first Champions League title in his two campaigns in Paris.

Despite the club signing Lionel Messi last summer, PSG were knocked out of Europe’s top tournament following a spectacular collapse against Real Madrid.

Galtier is PSG’s seventh coach since the Qataris bought the club 11 years ago and will be expected to finally lift the Champions League trophy.

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.

“Yes, I am emotional, yes I am proud,” said Galtier at a press conference on Tuesday.

“I am fully aware of the responsibility placed on me, that PSG had a huge season.

“I have prepared myself for this.

“If I have accepted these responsibilities, it is because I feel I am capable.”

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.


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