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Official: PSG appoint Pochettino as head coach

The French club have confirmed the appointment of Pochettino, who signs on a deal until June 2022. His PSG debut will be on January 6 against Saint-Étienne.

French champions Paris Saint-Germain have named former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino as their new head coach after sacking Thomas Tuchel, with the Argentine signing a deal until June 2022, the Ligue 1 club confirmed on Saturday.

Pochettino, who had not coached since November 2019, a few months after guiding the north London club to the Champions League final, knows French football very well. During his time as a player he was in Paris from 2001 to 2003 and spent a year at Bordeaux. The former Tottenham manager is aiming to become the second Argentine coach to win Ligue 1 after Luis Carniglia, who managed to win it in 1956 with Nice.

"I am really happy and honoured to become the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain," Pochettino, who has an option for a one-year extension in his contract, said in a statement.

"I would like to thank the club's management for the trust they have placed in me. As you know, this club has always held a special place in my heart. I have wonderful memories, especially of the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes. I return to the club today with a lot of ambition and humility, and am eager to work with some of the world's most talented players."

Replacing Thomas Tuchel

Tuchel, who led PSG to the Champions League final in August which they lost to Bayern Munich, was dismissed on Christmas Eve following a 4-0 win over Racing Strasbourg.

The new coach will take his first training session on Sunday, a date set by PSG to return to training and to prepare for the January 6 game against Saint-Étienne. Pochettino's first big test as boss will come in February against Barcelona, in the round of 16 of the Champions League.