CHRISTOPHE GALTIER has been appointed coach of French champions Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal, club sources confirmed on Monday.
Galtier, who spent last season in charge of Ligue 1 rivals Nice, takes over from Argentine Mauricio Pochettino.
The 55-year-old Galtier was pictured arriving at the Parisians’ offices just outside the French capital on Monday with a press conference scheduled at the Parc des Princes on Tuesday at 2:00pm (1200 GMT).
PSG have been working to secure the appointment of a new coach for several weeks, but no move has been finalised while Pochettino and his backroom staff remain under contract.
PSG’s squad, minus those who were on international duty in June, reported for pre-season training on Monday.
Galtier, who left Nice last month, has developed a reputation as the leading coach in the French club game over the last decade.
He enjoyed eight successful years at Saint-Etienne, where he won the League Cup in 2013, before a four-year stint at Lille was crowned with the Ligue 1 title in 2021, when they pipped PSG.
Pochettino is set to leave Paris after 18 months in charge in which time he won the Ligue 1 title last season but also oversaw a disappointing exit from the Champions League in the last 16 at the hands of Real Madrid.
Having at one point been linked with a move for Zinedine Zidane, PSG’s swoop for Galtier may come as a surprise to some who expected the Qatar-owned club to opt for a more glamorous name on the bench.
However, the former Portsmouth assistant manager previously worked with Luis Campos, the Portuguese super scout who was recently named as PSG’s football advisor and who built the Lille team that won the league under Galtier.