Paris Saint-Germain have hired the former Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach. The Argentinian succeeds Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by the Ligue 1 club last month. Pochettino had been out of the game since leaving Spurs in November 2019.
The 48-year-old Pochettino, who made 95 appearances for PSG as a player between 2001 and 2003, has signed a contract until the summer of 2022. “I am really happy and honoured to become the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain,” he said.
“I would like to thank the club’s management for the trust they have placed in me. As you know, this club has always held a special place in my heart. I have wonderful memories, especially of the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes.
“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 Saint-Germain in all competitions.”
Tuchel guided PSG to the Champions League final for the first time last season, but the German paid the price for a relatively modest start to the current campaign. After winning seven of the past eight Ligue 1 titles, PSG are third in the table, a point behind Lyon and Lille.
“I am proud to see our former captain returning to Paris Saint-Germain, as the club has always remained his home,” the PSG chairman and chief executive, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, said.
“The return of Mauricio fits perfectly with our ambitions and it will be another exciting chapter for the club and one I am positive the fans will enjoy. With the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino, Paris Saint-Germain is committed to continue to build and move the club forward over the coming years.”