Mauricio Pochettino is set to replace Thomas Tuchel as Paris Saint-Germain’s head coach after the German was sacked on Thursday, with the club that has been champions seven of the past eight seasons sitting third in Ligue 1.
Pochettino has reached an agreement with PSG to take over as their new manager, with only a few details to be ironed out before his appointment is confirmed. The Argentinian, who has been out of football since leaving Tottenham in November 2019, is thought to be very keen on taking over at the Qatar-owned club.
Tuchel has paid the price for a slow start in Ligue 1, where PSG have four defeats in their first 17 games and are a point behind Lyon – the leaders – and Lille. The 47-year-old departs after a 4-0 home win over Strasbourg on Wednesday, with PSG’s sporting director, Leonardo, first sounding out Pochettino’s representatives earlier this week.
In his post-match press conference on Wednesday, Tuchel addressed comments made in an interview with German TV channel Sport1. Tuchel was quoted as saying he felt more like “a sports politician than a coach” in his first year at PSG but insisted that the quote was an inaccurate translation of a light-hearted comment.
The former Dortmund manager was appointed head coach at Parc des Princes in June 2018, replacing Unai Emery. Tuchel won two Ligue 1 titles in France, completing a domestic treble last season, and in August this year led PSG to their first-ever Champions League final, which they lost 1-0 to Bayern Munich.