Soccer-PSG president confirms talks with Nice to hire Galtier as coach
PARIS (Reuters) - Paris St Germain president Nasser al-Khelaifi on Tuesday said he was in talks with Nice to hire coach Christophe Galtier to replace Mauricio Pochettino at the French champions.
Sports paper L'Equipe on Monday reported Galtier was being lined up to take over at PSG, but that the announcement of his appointment would have to wait until Argentine Pochettino's departure was finalised.The former Manchester United winger is awaiting trial after being charged with controlling and coercive behaviour and assault against his ex-girlfriend and her sister.The former Manchester United, Manchester City and Juventus player signed a 12-month contract with the club in what is his first senior coaching role.for the latest news you need to know.
"We have a shortlist of coaches, we are in talks with Nice, this is not a secret," Qatari Al-Khelaifi told Le Parisien in a detailed interview published on Tuesday.The club's current manager Pochettino, who was appointed 18 months ago, came under pressure having failed to help PSG break new ground in the Champions League last season, after they were eliminated in the last-16.The trial at Manchester Crown Court had been due to start on Jan.Galtier joined Nice ahead of last season having led former club Lille to their first Ligue 1 title since 2011 in the previous campaign.(Reporting by Anita Kobylinska in Gdansk; Editing by Christian Radnedge) Article type: free.Al-Khelaifi also appeared to put an end to the constant speculation surrounding France great Zinedine Zidane, dismissing reports that the club had been in talks with the 1998 World Cup winner about becoming their new head coach.8 - a factor that lead to the 48-year-old deciding to step down now."Many clubs are interested in hiring him, including national teams, but no, we have never been in discussions with him," he said.So far we are assessing coaches abroad but I also told Datuk Kenny Goh (BAM secretary-general) on local coach but the decision would depend on them,” he said when met by reporters at Academy Badminton Malaysia (ABM) today.
(Reporting by Tassilo Hummel; Editing by Toby Davis) Article type: free."It has been an honour and a privilege to manage my country, but it is only right that the Wales FA, the coaching staff and the players prepare for the (World Cup) tournament with certainty, clarification and without speculation around the position of their head coach.
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