Mauricio Pochettino leaves Paris Saint-Germain with the appointment of Christophe Galtier | Soccer News
Mauricio Pochettino has left Paris Saint-Germain and Nice boss Christophe Galtier has been confirmed as his successor on a two-year contract.
Pochettino, the former Tottenham and Southampton manager, left the club despite leading PSG to the French title, winning by 15 points – the biggest margin for a title-winning team in the top five leagues .
But in the end, it was PSG’s last capitulation in the Champions League, the competition so coveted by the Qatari owners, which cost him his job.
PSG led 2-0 on aggregate with just 45 minutes remaining in their last-16 game against Real Madrid, but were undone by a 17-minute second-half hat-trick from Karim Benzema.
Pochettino was able to guide PSG to the semi-finals the previous season, becoming only the second manager in the club’s history to do so under current ownership, but they were eliminated by Manchester City.
Manchester United considered Pochettino for the managerial post vacated by interim Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season, but instead opted to sign Erik ten Hag from Ajax.
Galtier, 55, guided Lille to the Ligue 1 title in 2020-21, before joining Nice, who went on to claim a fifth place under him in the French top flight last season.
Is Galtier the ideal candidate for PSG?
A thorough analysis of groundbreaking data from the main candidates to succeed Pochettino has raised concerns over Galtier’s suitability for PSG.
Carteret Analytics combines raw manager data with their own bespoke algorithms to create the Carteret Manager Rating – a tool used by football club decision makers to assess the ability, quality and potential of potential managerial appointments.
The complex analysis is based on the performance of managers over the past six seasons and is then weighted against expectations, the strength of opposing teams and various other factors such as styles and formations.
This is usually confidential information to help football club managers but they have shared their analysis of PSG as part of a special study for sky sports.
Galtier is rated far below Pochettino or other substitutes who had been linked with the role of Zinedine Zidane and Jose Mourinho and his exceptionally defensive style contrasts with PSG’s usual approach.
Read the analysis here – and see why Zidane would have been an ideal option for the club, if available, according to the study.
What next for Pochettino?
French football expert Jonathan Johnson speaking to Sky Sports News:
“I really think a return to the Premier League makes a lot of sense for Pochettino, especially with his family still based in the country. I think that’s where his stock is highest.
“Obviously he’s been a manager in Spain before and is also very popular there. There’s been some interest from Athletic Bilbao, I believe, recently, but I think the Premier League is a point. logical landing.
“It’s just a question of what position might open up now that he missed that shot at Old Trafford.”
How did the former managers cope after PSG?
Carlo Ancelotti – 1x King’s Cup (2014), 2x Champions League (2014, 2022), 1x Super Cup (2014), FIFA Club World Cup (2014), 1x Bundesliga (2017), 1x La Liga (2022) .
Unai Emery – 1x Europa League finalist (2019), 1x Europa League (2021), 1x Champions League semi-finalist (2022).
Thomas Tuchel – 1x Champions League (2021), 1x Super Cup (2021), 1x UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year (2021), 1x FIFA Best Football Manager (2021), 1x FIFA Club World Cup FIFA (2021).