PSG Appoints New Coach After Sacking Thomas Tuchel

Paris Saint Germain have appointed Mauricio Pochettino, the former Tottenham Hotspur manager, as their new coach after sacking Thomas Tuchel.

The Argentine international who played for PSG between 2001 and 2003 has signed a deal until 30 June 2022, with the option of an extra year.

He has been out of work since being sacked by Spurs in November 2019 following a dismal start to the new season. Jose Mourinho was appointed as his replacement.

Pochettino took charge of his first training session on Sunday following the French league’s winter break.

He said he was “happy and honoured” to take on the role and that the club “has always held a special place in my heart”. He said:

I return to the club today with a lot of ambition and humility and am eager to work with some of the world’s most talented players.

This team has fantastic potential and my staff and I will do everything we can to get the best for Paris St-Germain in all competitions. We will also do our utmost to give our team the combative and attacking playing identity that Parisian fans have always loved.

PSG chairman and chief executive Nasser Al-Khelaifi said Pochettino’s return “fits perfectly” with the Ligue 1 giants’ ambitions adding that “it will be another exciting chapter for the club and one I am positive the fans will enjoy.”

Pochettino began his managerial career at Espanyol and spent 18 months at Southampton before joining Tottenham in May 2014.

More: BBC Sport.

 

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