Paris SG confirmed the departure of Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino, who had been known for weeks, on Tuesday, ahead of a scheduled press conference to unveil Christophe Galtier as the French club’s new coach.
“Paris Saint-Germain confirms that it has ended its collaboration with Mauricio Pochettino,” PSG wrote in a laconic statement, after lengthy negotiations with the Argentine coach to end his contract early, which expires in 2023.
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It was a long process of parting ways with “Boche” (50 years old), appointed in January 2021, which prevented PSG from making early progress in the restructuring of its technical team.
According to a source close to the case, Gaultier (aged 55) has made a two-year commitment to the French champions and will be presented at a press conference at the Parc des Princes this Tuesday.
The former Nice coach, who won the title with Lille in 2021, will, like Pochettino, have a luxury squad featuring superstars Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi, with the aim of finally giving PSG their first Champions League.
In a year and a half in Paris, “Boche” failed to get the best out of this XXL team.
The former defender and ex-captain of PSG (2001-2003) will become the tenth L1 title-winning coach in the club’s history, equaling Saint-Etienne’s record.
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Although the French team has only added one major continental title, captured by Marseille in 1993, it lacks the Champions League frenzy of PSG.
Pochettino reached the semi-finals in 2021, was eliminated by Manchester City (lost 2-1 and 2-0), and eighth against Real Madrid in 2022 (1-0, 1-3), despite the reinforcements of Messi.
A club looking to win quickly, the Argentine accumulated several setbacks at national level: a Ligue 1 loss to Lille de Gaulle in May 2021, a Super Cup loss against Lille in August 2021, and a French exit in the round of 16. 2022 Cup.
Pochettino, who was previously on the bench for Espanyol at Barcelona (2009-2012), Southampton (2013-2014) and Tottenham (2014-2019), will continue to have more capable suitors and he could continue in England. Retains a major honor by leading Tottenham to the 2019 Champions League final (losing 2-0 against Liverpool).
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