Mauricio Pochettino Fired By PSG
Pochettino has followed sporting director Leonardo out of the Parc des Princes
Mauricio Pochettino has been fired by Paris-Saint Germain (PSG) as manager.
The French club which plays in Ligue 1 have confirmed Pochettino's exit in an official statement on their social media channels on Tuesday, July 5.
"Paris Saint-Germain confirms that Mauricio Pochettino has ended his role at the Club.
Former PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino. /TWITTER
"The Club would like to thank Mauricio Pochettino and his staff for their work and wish them the best for the future," read the statement in part.
Christophe Galtier is set to be unveiled as his replacement. Pochettino has followed sporting director Leonardo out of the Parc des Princes to show that PSG's ownership would not put up with another UEFA Champions League failure.
The former Lille boss will reunite with Luis Campos, who has replaced Leonardo.
Alongside his coaching staff, Pochettino will receive a Ksh1.8 billion (€15 million) compensation fee for being relieved of their duties. Miguel d'Agostino, Jesus Perez, Sebastian Pochettino and Toni Jimenez were also sacked alongside the Argentine.
Despite the club not stating reasons for Pochettino's departure, their Champions League exit to Real Madrid in the round of 16 was the turning point in the campaign that made the head coach's job tenuous.
Pochettino and his players were forced to combat angry crowds at Parc des Princes for the remainder of the season, even as they won Ligue 1 by a wide margin.
He won the Coupe de France in 2021 after taking over mid-season from Thomas Tuchel before claiming Ligue 1 this term. However, his side's European slip when in a winning position against Madrid, failure to defend the French Cup, and struggles to integrate new signings properly into the fold cast a shadow over his only full campaign.
The announcement comes amidst a leadership restructure after French forward Kylian Mbappe made the decision to snub Real Madrid.
Former PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino with Kylian Mbappe. /GETTY IMAGES