Paris Saint-Germain has finalized the departure of head coach Christophe Galtier.
“The club has decided to terminate the contract of Coach Galtier as first-team coach,” PSG announced on its official website on Friday.
“We would like to thank Philippe for his professionalism and dedication in leading PSG to its 11th Ligue 1 title, the most in the history of the French club. We wish him all the best for the rest of his coaching career.” The club thanked Galtier for his departure.
Galtier began his coaching career in 2009 when he was named head coach of Saint-Etienne, where he spent eight seasons and earned acclaim for his consistent mid-table finishes.
He then moved to Lille in 2017, where he steadily built Lille into a league powerhouse, leading them to overtake PSG in the 2020/21 season and return to the top of Ligue 1 for the first time in a decade. For the 2021/22 season, he joined Nice and helped them finish the season in fifth place, qualifying for the UEFA Europa Conference.
Galtier was highly touted to join PSG from Nice ahead of the 2022/23 season, and after leading Nice to a fifth-place finish in Ligue 1, he was seen as the right man for the job as PSG looked to rebound after the failure of Mauricio Pochettino.
However, despite winning the league title, Galtier disappointed fans with early exits in the round of 16 in both the UEFA Champions League and the French cup competition, the Coupe de France. This led to speculation that Galtier would leave the club even before the end of the season, and today’s announcement means that he will not continue his association with PSG.
메이저사이트 Galtier has also been at the center of controversy recently, having been arrested for racist behavior. “Galtier, along with his son, has been detained for questioning on racism charges,” the Associated Press reported on March 30, citing a prosecutor in Nice, France.
According to the report, Galtier is accused of making racist and Muslim slurs alongside his son, John Balovic, during the 2021/22 season when he was in charge of Nice. Allegations that he said “too many black and Muslim players” when he was coach of Nice have recently surfaced in the French media.
After sacking Galtier, PSG is expected to announce the signing of Luis Enrique, who is expected to join the club soon.
PSG is set to hold its first press conference of the 2023/24 season at 9:45 p.m. on Friday, and the club is expected to announce the end of Galtier’s contract, making it more likely that it will announce Enrique’s appointment at the same time.