Mauricio Pochettino arrives in Paris to conclude deal to take over as PSG boss… with ex-Tottenham manager set to return to management 14 months after his Premier League sacking
- Mauricio Pochettino is close to being appointed the new manager of PSG
- He has touched down in Paris to finalise the details of his contract before joining
- Pochettino has been out of work since he was sacked by Spurs 14 months ago
- He replaces Thomas Tuchel and will be tasked with winning Champions League
Mauricio Pochettino has been spotted at the training ground of Paris Saint-Germain as he closes in on being appointed as Thomas Tuchel’s successor.
The former Tottenham boss has been out of work for 14 months since his sacking in north London, and he will be in charge next week for PSG’s game against Saint-Etienne.
He was spotted at PSG’s Camp des Loges training ground on Saturday afternoon where he was given a tour of facilities by sporting director Leonardo.
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Mauricio Pochettino has touched down in Paris as he prepares to become the next PSG boss
Pochettino is set to replace Thomas Tuchel, who was sacked after PSG’s 4-0 win vs Strasbourg
Pochettino is reportedly bringing Miguel D’Agostino, Jesus Pérez, Toni Jimenez and his son Sebastiano in as part of his coaching staff.
The Argentine spent Christmas with his wife and two sons, posting a rare family photo to his new Instagram account on New Year’s Day, but he is now ready to throw himself back into the world of football.
Pochettino will replace Tuchel, who was sacked on Christmas Eve – just hours after securing a 4-0 win over Strasbourg in Ligue 1 – and four months on from guiding his side to the Champions League final.
Pochettino has a positive recent history of European success having steered Tottenham to the 2018 Champions League final, and the PSG hierarchy will be hoping he can go one better in Paris to lift the trophy.
Pochettino joined Instagram on New Year’s Day and shared a picture alongside his family
The Argentine has been out of a job since he was sacked by Tottenham in November 2019
Although they have dominated domestically in recent years, a European title still alludes PSG and Tuchel’s failure to turn the tide was inevitably his downfall.
Pochettino met up with PSG chiefs on Christmas Eve and is now putting together the finishing touches on his deal to return to Paris, 18 years after he took to the field for them as a player.
The Argentine manager played for the Ligue 1 giants between 2001 and 2003 before moving to fellow French side Bordeaux.
Pochettino previously admitted back in 2016 that it would be his ‘dream’ to take over in the French capital.
He previously told RMC Sport: ‘One day I would like to train PSG. It’s part of my dreams. It’s a club that I follow a lot. I try to see all the matches. Especially in the Champions League.
Pochettino will be raring to get to work with Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Co in Paris
The Argentine played for the Ligue 1 giants between the years of 2001 and 2003
‘I spoke with Jean-Louis Gasset (assistant to then manager Laurent Blanc) several times. Come back to Paris one day, why not?’
Pochettino has been out of work for 14 months since being replaced by Jose Mourinho at White Hart Lane, and was previously considered as future options for Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
Instead, he is now in Paris to conclude a deal to take over as PSG boss, with the announcement set to be made in the coming hours.
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