PSG to dismiss Christophe Galtier

PSG will definitively relieve Christophe Galtier of his duties as head coach, according to L’Equipe. The former Lille and Nice manager signed a two-year contract with Les Parisiens last summer, but he won’t be in the Parc des Princes’ dugout from next season onwards. Galtier will lead PSG for a final time on Saturday night when the Ligue 1 champions host Clermont. L’Équipe report that the presence in Paris of Sheikh Tamim ben Hamad al-Thani, the Emir of Qatar and de facto owner of Paris Saint-Germain, has resulted in the dismissal of Galtier. Al-Thani was seen on Friday with club president and former tennis player Nasser Al-Khelaifi at the French Open.

Galtier will leave the French capital after leading Les Parisiens to a record 11th league title. However, the sudden drop in form after the 2022 World Cup and a swift exit in the Champions’ League Round of 16 at the hands of Bayern Munich have weakened his position. The controversy surrounding allegations of racism held against Galtier during his sole season as Nice manager certainly appeared to go against him. Galtier has denied those allegations and has submitted legal complaints against former Nice Sporting Director Julien Fournier as well as against reporter Romain Molina – who first revealed the leaked mail at the heart of the allegations – and RMC’s Daniel Riolo, who confirmed Molina’s report.

Galtier said recently that he felt he deserved to have a second season as PSG coach. But the club obviously felt differently. L’Équipe adds that PSG’s search for a new manager is expected to gather pace in the coming days.

GFFN | Bastien Cheval

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