Mauricio Pochettino appointed new PSG manager following Thomas Tuchel sacking

Mauricio Pochettino has finally landed a new job in management after being confirmed as the new boss of Paris-Saint Germain.

The 48-year-old has been out of the game since last November when he was sacked by Tottenham following five-and-a-half years in charge.

But after Thomas Tuchel's departure from PSG was confirmed by the club earlier this week it was announced that Pochettino would be the man to replace him on Saturday.

He has signed a contract until 30 June 2022, with an option for an extra year.

Speaking following the announcement, Pochettino said: “I am really happy and honored to become the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain.

"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."

PSG chairman Nasser Al-Khelaifi added: "We are very pleased to welcome Mauricio Pochettino as first team coach.

"I am proud to see our former captain returning to Paris Saint-Germain, as the Club has always remained his home. 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."

Pochettino spent three seasons as a player at the French giants between 2000-03, and will no doubt relish the chance to take charge of one of Europe's elite clubs.

There will be great expectations put on his shoulders as he tries to inspire PSG to their first ever Champions League victory after they finished runners-up under Tuchel last season.

And he will also be under pressure to deliver a Ligue 1 title this season, with PSG currently third but only a point behind leaders Lyon and second-placed Lille.

Pochettino has yet to win a major trophy as a coach, and finished runner-up with Spurs in the Champions League in 2019 and League Cup in 2015.

The appointment puts an end to the near-constant rumours linking Pochettino with roles at both Manchester United and Real Madrid.

There were suggestions that he would be the man to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer if United's poor start to the season were to continue.

But the Red Devils are now level on points with league leaders Liverpool at the top of the Premier League, and Solskjaer's job appears secure for now at least.

Meanwhile Pochettino has regularly described Madrid as his 'dream' job, but they appear to be keeping faith with Zinedine Zidane for now, and PSG appears to have been the most tempting offer available to Pochettino for the time being.

The Argentinean turned down offers from the likes of Benfica and Monaco before accepting the position at PSG.

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