German coach Thomas Tuchel sacked by PSG on Christmas Eve
PSG’s coach Thomas Tuchel watches his team during the French League One soccer match between OSC Lille and Paris Saint-Germain at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille, France, Sunday, April 14, 2019.(AP )

Paris Saint-Germain has sacked head coach Thomas Tuchel, with Mauricio Pochettino set to return to management with his former club.

Just four months after leading the French side to the Champions League Final – ultimately going down to Bayern Munich – the German has been dismissed from his role at the Parc des Princes.

As first reported by Bild, Tuchel, 47, leaves the Parc des Princes after two-and-a-half years in charge.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss had won six trophies with Les Parisiens, including back-to-back Ligue 1 crowns.

But Wednesday night’s 4-0 win over Strasbourg was the end of the road, despite PSG being third in the French league, just one point off top spot.

German coach Thomas Tuchel sacked by PSG on Christmas Eve
December 23, 2020 Paris St Germain coach Thomas Tuchel reacts [REUTERS]

Pre-game, Tuchel had given an interview in his homeland in which he was quoted as saying he had, at times, felt more like “a sports politician or sports minister than a coach” during his tenure.

After the win over Strasbourg, he had attempted to clarify those comments to Canal+.

“I didn’t say it’s more about politics than sport, nor that I lost the fun of training. This is not true.. It is possible they translated incorrectly.

“Watch the video interview. I just said that PSG are unique and that it’s a big challenge for me. It’s always been like that.

“I like this challenge and nothing has changed.”

Asked for a second time about the remark, he added: “I gave a video interview to a journalist who told me to do a story about German coaches.

“It is not an interview for him. It is not allowed. I was making a joke in German. The translation is not correct. We cannot translate word for word.

“It was a joke while we were talking and it is not allowed.”

Now however Tuchel, whose time in the French capital hadn’t been without incident – notably in-fighting between he and former sporting director Antero Henrique, and current incumbent Leonardo – has been dismissed.

Former Tottenham manager Pochettino, sidelined since his Spurs exit 13 months ago, is set to return to PSG, where the Argentine spent two years as a player.

In November Pochettino discussed his readiness to return to management, declaring on Monday Night Football: “I am always ready to go again and be involved in the game.”


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