AGENCIES: Paris Saint-Germain have announced the appointment of Mauricio Pochettino as their new manager on a contract until June 2022. The Argentine succeeds Thomas Tuchel, ending his wait to return to the game over a year after leaving Tottenham.
The former Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol boss has signed a contract at the Parc des Princes until June 2022, with the option for an extra year, in his first managerial role since being sacked by Spurs in November 2019.
“I am really happy and honoured to become the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain,” said Pochettino, who played for PSG from 2001 to 2003. “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. We will also do our utmost to give our team the combative and attacking playing identity that Parisian fans have always loved.”
Pochettino replaces Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked by the French club four months after steering them to their first Champions League final where they lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.
PSG are third in Ligue 1 and will face Barcelona in the last 16 of the Champions League in February and March.
He (Pochettino) will take charge of his first training session on Sunday when the players return from winter break.