Christophe Galtier – The Frenchman named boss of Paris St-Germain after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino – Sport Prot Prot

Christophe Galtier - The Frenchman named boss of Paris St-Germain after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, football, sport

Christophe Galtier has been appointed coach of Paris St-Germain immediately after the departure of Mauricio Pochettino.

Galtier has signed a two-year contract until the summer of 2024.

He left Nice last month after guiding them to fifth place in Ligue 1 and a second place in the Coupe de France last season.

The 55-year-old, who led Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2021, is PSG’s seventh manager since the club’s takeover by Qatar in 2011.

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“I am delighted to join Paris Saint-Germain, I would like to thank president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, [football adviser] Luis Campos and the club for his confidence in me,” he said.

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

Galtier is one of only two managers to prevent PSG from winning Ligue 1 in the last decade, along with Leonardo Jardim’s Monaco in 2016-17.

He resigned after leading Lille to that unexpected title in May 2021 before spending 12 months in Nice. He previously managed Saint-Etienne.

Pochettino, 50, leaves PSG after just 18 months in charge, having guided them to equal a record 10th French title last season, his first league success as manager.

The departure of the former Tottenham boss had been expected for almost a month but was only announced shortly before Galtier’s appointment was confirmed on Tuesday.

A statement from the club read: “Paris Saint-Germain confirms that Mauricio Pochettino has terminated his role at the club.

“The club wants to thank Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff for their work and wish them the best for the future.”

Mauricio Pochettino’s management record (all competitions)
Team Games Won Ties Lost Winning %
Spanish 161 53 38 70 33%
Southampton60 23 18 19 38%
Tottenham 293 159 62 72 54%
Paris St-Germain 84 55 15 14 65%
Total 598 290 133 175 48%
The former PSG defender oversaw an unbeaten record at home in the league this season, ending the campaign with 16 wins from 19 matches.

PSG regained the title but their exit from the Champions League round of 16, with Lionel Messi in the squad, was seen as a huge failure.

They squandered a 2-0 aggregate Champions League lead against eventual champions Real Madrid to cast doubt on the Argentine’s future.

It was the first time that Les Parisiens, who reached the semi-finals in 2021 and were the beaten finalists in 2020, had lost an away game in the Champions League after leading at half-time since 2001.

Pochettino was sacked by Spurs in November 2019 after five years in charge of the Premier League club, months after leading them to the 2019 Champions League final.

After taking charge of PSG in January last year, he finished second in Ligue 1 behind Galtier’s Lille and was beaten in that year’s Champions League semi-finals by Manchester City.

However, they did win the Coupe de France and the Trophee des Champions, which were the first trophies of Pochettino’s managerial career.

The former Argentine defender began his managerial career at Espanyol and spent 18 months at Southampton before joining Tottenham in May 2014.

Analysis
Guillem Balagué, BBC Sport

There was a romantic side to Pochettino accepting the PSG job, having spent two years there as a player.

The team was third in Ligue 1 when he arrived and his points per game tally in the second half of that campaign was higher than what Thomas Tuchel had achieved in the first half of that season. Pochettino also won the Coupe de France and finished second.

With the number of superstars in the PSG team, harmony is what was needed when he arrived. Delivering that was Pochettino’s main success in Paris. At one point there were seven left-backs and two ‘number one’ goalkeepers, but no problems arose from the dressing room.

But at PSG the mentality is the success or disaster of the Champions League and the fans also have that attitude.

It had to operate in the context of a fan revolt, with supporters wanting to get rid of sporting director Leonardo, the president, booing Neymar and Lionel Messi.

All of that made life difficult for him, but Pochettino also enjoyed good times on the pitch.

This year, they were the first team from the top European leagues to win the title. They won by the largest margin.

On the European stage, PSG see themselves as a massive club but they do not have the record to prove it. They have only reached the semi-finals of the Champions League twice under their Qatari ownership, with Tuchel and Pochettino the only coaches to take them there.

Pochettino departs six weeks after Kylian Mbappe signed a new contract. That deal will give the French forward even greater power than before – more than the team’s captain – and that imbalance will make life even harder for the next manager.

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