Former Tottenham and Southampton boss Mauricio Pochettino has been appointed head coach of Paris St-Germain.
The Argentine, 48, who succeeded Thomas Tuchel, has signed a deal till 30 June 2022, with the choice of an additional yr.
Pochettino, who performed for PSG between 2001 and 2003, has been out of labor since being sacked by Spurs in November 2019.
PSG are third in Ligue 1 and can face Barcelona within the final 16 of the Champions League in February and March.
German Tuchel was sacked on 29 December after two and a half years in cost.
Pochettino will take his first coaching session on Sunday following the French league’s winter break.
He mentioned he was “comfortable and honoured” to tackle the position and that the membership “has all the time held a particular place in my coronary heart”.
“I return to the membership at present with numerous ambition and humility, and am desperate to work with a few of the world’s most proficient gamers,” mentioned Pochettino.
“This group has implausible potential and my workers and I’ll do every little thing we will to get the most effective for Paris St-Germain in all competitions. We will even do our utmost to provide our group the combative and attacking taking part in identification that Parisian followers have all the time cherished.”
PSG chairman and chief govt Nasser Al-Khelaifi mentioned Pochettino’s return “matches completely with our ambitions”, including: “It is going to be one other thrilling chapter for the membership and one I’m constructive the followers will take pleasure in.”
Pochettino started his managerial profession at Espanyol and spent 18 months at Southampton earlier than becoming a member of Tottenham in Could 2014.
He guided them to the League Cup last in his first full season, whereas two third-placed finishes sandwiched a runners-up spot within the Premier League in 2016-17.
A former Argentina defender, Pochettino led Spurs to the Champions League last in 2019, the place they misplaced to Liverpool.
He was sacked 5 months later, with the membership 14th within the Premier League, and changed by Jose Mourinho.
Tuchel’s last sport in command of PSG was a 4-0 win over Strasbourg on 23 December, which moved the reigning champions to inside a degree of Ligue 1 leaders Lyon and second-placed Lille earlier than a two-week winter break.
PSG have been linked with a January mortgage transfer for Tottenham’s Dele Alli, who made his Premier League debut below Pochettino.
Evaluation – ‘Match made in heaven’
Former Manchester Metropolis defender Micah Richards on BBC Remaining Rating
All of us wished to see him again and all of us thought he was ready for the Manchester United job. PSG is an enormous job. There is a large expectation there.
With the squad he can choose from and the gamers he can entice, it is a match made in heaven.
Former Everton midfielder Leon Osman on BBC Remaining Rating
Pochettino has bought the most effective out of Dele Alli up to now and it will most likely be a intelligent transfer all spherical to get him on the market with with the Euros looming.
You need to have success [at PSG]. They’ve moved Thomas Tuchel on as a result of PSG are literally in a title race moderately than profitable at a canter. It is an important alternative for Pochettino.