PSG Fires Thomas Tuchel, Will Hire ex-Spurs Boss Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino in 2019. Photo by Nigel Keene/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

Paris Saint-Germain isn’t dominating Ligue 1 this season, and manager Thomas Tuchel will be the one to pay the price. According to ESPN, PSG informed Tuchel that his services are no longer needed on Thursday.

However, the managerial vacancy on the French team won’t be open for too long with the club reportedly already agreeing to terms with former Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino. The two sides have been reportedly negotiating for the past two weeks.

Tuchel was on the hot seat last season but was granted more time after PSG’s good performances in Europe that saw them reach UEFA Champions League Finals for the first time in club history. However, the club’s struggles in 2020-21 prompted the Paris front office to make a change.

PSG is currently third in the domestic competition, having uncharacteristically lost four games early in the season. They managed to make it to the UCL knockout stage but needed a late surge and help from other clubs to do so.

According to reports, Tuchel also has a bad relationship with sporting director Leonardo, which speeded up the process of his firing.

PSG now hopes that Mauricio Pochettino can take the club to the next level and get them the elusive Champions League trophy the club so desperately wants. It may help that Pochettino has a history with the club, having played there between 2001 and 2003.

Pochettino was unemployed since November 2019, having been fired by Tottenham after a series of bad results in the Premier League. He spent five and a half years with the Spurs, leading the club to a UEFA Champions League Finals in 2018-19.