Mauricio Pochettino, Argentine coach, appointed new PSG gaffer

Mauricio Pochettino, Argentine coach, appointed new PSG gaffer

- Mauricio Pochettino has been out of work since he was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019

- He replaces Tuchel in a deal which runs until June 2022

- As a player, Pochettino played for the French giants between 2001 and 2003

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Former Souhampton and Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino is officially the new Paris Saint Germain manager.

Pochettino’s appointment was confirmed on Satuday, January 2 barely days after the departure of Thomas Tuchel.

The Argentine, who played for PSG between 2001 and 2003, has signed a deal until June 2022, with the option to extend the deal for an extra year.

PSG confirmed Pochettino’s appointment after sharing an image of their new boss on their Instagram with the caption “welcome”.

Tuchel was sacked on November 29 during the winter break despite winning 4-0 in his side’s last game against Strasbourg.

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Pochettino has been out of work since he was sacked by Tottenham Hotspur in November 2019 with the club sitting in the bottom half of the table at the time of his dismissal.

He was replaced by Jose Mourinho at Tottenham, with the Portuguese still in the process of turning the club’s philosophy and fortunes.

Pochettino was heavily linked with the Manchester United job for a large part of 2020 but the Red Devils seem to be intent on building a strong team around current boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Despite his extremely attacking style of football at Tottenham, Pochettino failed to bring any silverware to the club, with the closest run-in with a trophy being in the Champions League where they narrowly lost out in the final against Liverpool.

Speaking after his appointment, Pochettino expressed excitement at returning to his former club as a coach.

"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," said Pochettino. This team has fantastic potential and my staff and I will do everything we can to get the best for Paris St-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."

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Mauricio Pochettino, Argentine coach, appointed new PSG gaffer
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Earlier, Legit.ng had reported how Paris-Saint-Germain who are the reigning French champions have reportedly instructed their stores to get ready to do massive business over the transfer of Lionel Messi.

This latest development means that PSG chiefs are confident that they would get the signature of the Argentine football legend from Barcelona when his contract expires at Nou Camp.

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