PSG appoint Galtier as Pochettino's successor

Luke Bissett
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Christophe Galtier has been confirmed as Paris Saint-Germain's new manager
Christophe Galtier has been confirmed as Paris Saint-Germain's new manager

Former Nice boss Christophe Galtier has been announced as Paris Saint-Germain’s new manager, taking over from Mauricio Pochettino.

Pochettino was relieved of his duties earlier today after just 18 months in charge despite winning the Ligue 1 title last season.

Frenchman Galtier, 55, had been tipped to take over at the Parc des Princes following his exit from Nice last month, and Les Parisiens have now confirmed his arrival on a two-year contract.

The new boss said: "I am delighted to join Paris Saint-Germain, I would like to thank the chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi, [football advisor] Luis Campos and the club for their confidence in me. 

"I am fully aware of the responsibilities involved to coach this extraordinary team, which is one of the most competitive and spectacular squads in Europe. 

"I am delighted to work with all of these talented players as well as the top-level staff here at the club. We acknowledge everything that Paris Saint-Germain represents in French and international football. 

"My focus is on ambition, hard work and making the most of the team’s potential. I am delighted to become head coach of this team and to be on the bench at the magnificent Parc des Princes, a stadium that embodies a passion for football."

Galtier spent just one season at Nice having guided former side Lille to an unlikely Ligue 1 triumph during the 2020-21 campaign at PSG and Pochettino’s expense.

Things did not go as well at the Allianz Riviera, with Nice finishing fifth last term.

With Galtier now joining PSG, ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Lucien Favre has taken his place on the Cote d'Azur.

Pochettino, 50, succeeded Thomas Tuchel in January 2021 and became just the third manager to lead Les Parisiens to the semi-finals of Europe's premier club competition.

He also lifted the Coupe de France during his first six months at the helm but his side were pipped to the title by Galtier's Lille.

Lionel Messi headlined an influx of high-profile signings last summer, with the club also recruiting Gianluigi Donnarumma, Achraf Hakimi, Gini Wijnaldum and Sergio Ramos.

PSG's star-studded squad won the title quicker than any other club in Europe's top five leagues last term and also recorded the biggest points margin over second place across those divisions.

Yet the Champions League once again eluded them as Pochettino's side threw away a two-goal aggregate lead against eventual winners Real Madrid in the last 16.

Pochettino's contract was set to expire in 2023 but the two parties reached a mutual agreement to terminate the deal early. 

Sporting director Leonardo was also shown the door last month, with Luis Campos handed the role of football adviser.

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