Paris Saint-Germain have sacked manager Mauricio Pochettino following months of uncertainty surrounding his future.
A statement from the club read:
“Paris Saint-Germain confirms that it has ended its collaboration with Mauricio Pochettino.
The Club would like to thank Mauricio Pochettino and his staff for their work and wish them the best for the future.”
Despite the French giants wrapping up the Ligue 1 crown in April, the former Tottenham Hotspur boss was booed by large sections of the home crowd with a perception that he was responsible for several below-par performances across the season. Christophe Galtier is expected to be officially appointed as his successor this week.
While PSG regained the title after finishing second in his first season at the Parc des Princes, chairman Nasser Al Khelaifi has handed Pochettino his P45. The club’s decision is their first major one since star player Kylian Mbappe signed a new and groundbreaking three-year contract, reportedly handing him an unprecedentedly level of control over Les Parisians’ footballing operations.
PSG were eliminated from the Champions League at the round-of-stage by eventual winners Real Madrid and also crashed out early in the Coupe de France with a humiliating defeat to Nice.
Galtier, 55, has previously managed Lille and Nice, leading the latter to a fifth-place finish last season.
The Argentine interrupted PSG’s dominance in the French league by clinching the Ligue 1 title with Lille in 2021.
Galtier‘s man-management has seen him garner plenty of plaudits, with Renato Sanches, Jonathan David and Mike Maignan among those he’s managed to get the best out of.