PSG appoint Galtier 'proud' as new coach after Pochettino's dismissal

PSG appoint Galtier ‘proud’ as new coach after Pochettino’s dismissal

Christophe Galtier has said he is ready to make a name for himself in the dressing room of Paris Saint-Germain superstars after being named the club’s new coach on Tuesday to replace the sacked Mauricio Pochettino.

Galtier, who left Ligue 1 rivals PSG’s Nice last month, signed a two-year deal at the Parc des Princes with the French champions confirming the appointment shortly after announcing Pochettino’s departure.

“Yes, I’m moved, yes I’m proud,” Galtier told a press conference in the French capital.

“I am fully aware of the responsibility entrusted to me but I prepared for it. I would not have accepted this position if I did not think I was capable of it.”

Galtier may not be as well-known internationally as some of the other names who had been linked with the PSG job – notably Zinedine Zidane – but he has an outstanding reputation in France where he won the Ligue 1 title with Lille Last year. .

He insisted he was not afraid to make his mark in a PSG dressing room filled with star names even beyond Kylian Mbappe, Lionel Messi and Neymar.

“It’s a privilege to have a dressing room full of world-class players,” he said.

“You have to talk with them but also impose yourself. There can be no compromise.

“You have to have a common project but there will be no revolution. I will observe and listen, and I know that I will have the support of management if there is a player who does not fit into the project. the club.”

The club previously issued a short statement confirming what had been widely touted for weeks – Pochettino’s departure with one year remaining on his contract.

“Paris Saint-Germain confirm that Mauricio Pochettino has ended his role at the club,” read a club statement as the former Tottenham Hotspur manager left the Parc des Princes after 18 months in charge.

Pochettino and his backroom team leave after winning the Ligue 1 title last season, but the campaign was best remembered for a disappointing Champions League exit in the Round of 16 at the hands of Real Madrid.

– “I never spoke to Zidane” –

“The club would like to thank Mauricio Pochettino and his staff for their work and wish them the best for the future,” the PSG statement added.

PSG’s move for Galtier had been an open secret for several weeks and club president Nasser al-Khelaifi has dismissed all suggestions he initially wanted to appoint Zinedine Zidane.

“We never spoke to Zidane. I love him as a player and as a coach, but despite all the respect I have for him, we never spoke to him,” Khelaifi said.

“Christophe Galtier has always been our first choice. He’s here and I hope that’s the last question on this.”

Galtier is PSG’s seventh manager since Qatar took control of the club in 2011 and hopes to become the first to succeed in the Champions League.

The 55-year-old has established a reputation as a leading manager in French club football over the past decade.

He enjoyed eight successful years at Saint-Etienne, where he won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2013, before a four-year stint at Lille was crowned with the Ligue 1 title in 2021, when he beat the PSG.

He left Lille in the wake of this success and joined the ambitious Nice, owned by Ineos, the group chaired by British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.

Galtier led Nice to fifth place in Ligue 1 last season as well as the Coupe de France final, which they lost to Nantes.

The former Portsmouth assistant manager previously worked with Luis Campos, the Portuguese super scout who was recently appointed as PSG’s football adviser and built the Lille team that won the league under Galtier.