The league and the French Cup are nothing more than bycatch. For years, only one thing has counted for the powerful club bosses of Paris St. Germain: winning the Champions League. To this end, President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has opted for big names. Neymar, Sergio Ramos, Lionel Messi or Kylian Mbappé should shoot PSG to the European football throne.
Big names have also sat on the coaching bench in the past ten years. Carlo Ancelotti, Laurent Blanc, Unai Emery, Thomas Tuchel and Mauricio Pochettino all failed in the premier class mission. Tuchel was closest to the title when he failed in the final at Bayern Munich in 2020.
A rethink seems to have taken place in Paris. Instead of relying on a star coach, the bosses are trusting a coach in the coming season who is hardly known beyond the borders of France.
Christophe Galtier has signed a two-year deal at PSG, succeeding Pochettino. Galtier, for whom PSG is said to have paid a transfer fee in the millions, is moving from OGC Nice to Paris. The 55-year-old led Nice to fifth place in Ligue 1 last season.
Galtier celebrated his greatest success to date when he surprisingly led OSC to the French championship in 2021 and thus embarrassed the series champion Paris. A few days ago, Lucien Favre, who last coached Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga until December 2020, was introduced as the new coach in Nice.
According to information from the French newspaper “L’Équipe”, Galtier’s predecessor Pochettino is said to have received a very high severance payment for the termination of his contract, which ran until 2023.
Born in Marseille, Galtier began his professional career in his hometown at Olympique. In 1999 he ended his career in China and then became an assistant coach at Olympique Marseille. He later moved to Aris Saloniki, where he was assistant to the German Bernd Krauss. He took his first head coaching job in 2009 in St. Etienne. Now the preliminary highlight at Paris St. Germain follows.