The Frenchman is in talks to take over at Le Parc des Princes, with just a few details to sort out, as his predecessor Mauricio Pochettino is in the process of leaving the club.
Christophe Galtier to PSG, imminent as OGG Nice president Riviére just confirmed: “We already know the future destination of Galtier. There are some small details to be sorted out but it’s a great opportunity for him”. 🔴 #PSG @CanalSupporters
…and Paris Saint-Germain on it.
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 27, 2022
Christophe Galtier to Be the Next PSG Manager
Big Step for the Incoming Manager
Nice have already announced his departure, with Lucien Favre returning for his second stint as manager of the club. PSG have also reported their interest, but Galtier isn’t PSG’s manager just yet. There are still some details to iron out with his arrival and Pochettino’s departure.
Galtier is a household name in France, but he isn’t the biggest name outside of his home country. The highly-respected coach earned acclaim during spells at Saint-Étienne, Lille, and most recently, OGC Nice where he helped the club earn a place in the Europa Conference League and fifth position in Ligue 1.
The 55-year-old has been named Ligue 1 Manager of the Year three times in total, most recently when he led Lille to their first title in 10 years. Galtier developed a young team into champions by developing the talent he had available and outsmarting the market, before leaving on a high after his title-winning season.
Paris Saint-Germain want Christophe Galtier as new manager, process is going well with Nice – but some days are needed to resolve final issues & sign the contract. Internally, it’s considered ‘matter of time’ 🔴🔵 #PSG
João Sacramento, discussed as potential member of the staff. pic.twitter.com/YgWwWhlEEI
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 21, 2022
As a coach used to working with smaller teams, Galtier will face a challenge that many other PSG managers have tussled with; managing the superstars of one of the most decorated and expensive dressing rooms in world football. PSG are hoping he can translate his experience in honing rough diamonds into creating harmony with Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappé, and co.
Another One Bites the Dust
With Pochettino already being shown the door after only joining during the 2020/21 season, PSG maintain their reputation for being ruthless with their managers. The Argentine’s departure is imminent, although an official announcement hasn’t come yet, as there are reportedly disputes over his compensation package for leaving the club.
The latest change in manager for PSG follows a similar theme – they want to win the Champions League but still, it eludes them. To rub salt in their wounds, the manager Pochettino was brought in to replace, Thomas Tuchel, went on to win the Champions League with his current club Chelsea after being sacked for failing to deliver that prize to Paris.
Zinedine Zidane has long been linked with the manager post at PSG. He won’t be taking the job this time around, but Galtier will hope he can impress long enough to stay in the job when Zidane returns from his sabbatical.