PSG is about to unveil Christophe Galtier as their new head coach. They have reached an agreement with him and his representatives, and it is just a matter of time before his appointment becomes official.
The formal announcement will be made next week, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The former Lille manager will reunite with Luis Campos. The last time the pair worked together on a project, they miraculously beat PSG to the Ligue 1 title. Because of their familiarity from prior years, they may suddenly be an unstoppable force.
Mauricio Pochettino was sacked to make room for the appointment of Christophe Galtier. Long negotiations between the Argentine and the club ensued, and now everything is in place for him to be replaced. In the next days, the official announcement will be made.
Vitinha and Renato Sanches will be PSG’s first signings in the contemporary era. While the French side have completed the deal of the Porto player, they have yet to complete discussions for Renato Sanches.
Inter’s Milan Skriniar is also a target for them, and they are attempting to recruit the centre-back ahead of the new season.
While Galtier has minimal experience in European competitions, he may be a breath of new air given the club’s prior appointments.
Christophe Galtier, who is he?
Christophe Galtier (born August 26, 1966) is a French professional football manager and former defender. He was most recently the head coach of Nice in Ligue 1.
Galtier was a journeyman professional who spent the majority of his 15-year career at Marseille, with brief stints at four other clubs in France and one each in Italy and China.
Galtier won the UNFP Trophy for Best Manager of the Year in 2013, which he shared with Carlo Ancelotti, and again in 2019 when Lille finished second in the 2018-19 Ligue 1 season. In 2021, he won the trophy for the third time after leading Lille to their fourth Ligue 1 title in the club’s history.
Career as a player
Galtier was born in the Bouches-du-Rhône region of Marseille. He spent the majority of his playing career in France with his local club Marseille, whom he represented twice.
During his fifteen-year career, he also played for Lille, Toulouse, Angers, and Nîmes in France, before finishing with periods in Italy for Monza and in China for Liaoning.
Assistant coach (1999–2009)
Galtier was an assistant coach at Marseille, Aris, and Bastia from 1999 to 2004. He was Alain Perrin’s assistant coach at Al Ain, Portsmouth, Sochaux, Lyon, and Saint-Étienne from 2004 to 2009. (ASSE).
Galtier was appointed head coach of Saint-Étienne in December 2009, with ASSE in risk of relegation following the retirement of Alain Perrin. Galtier successfully led ASSE to safety in his debut season, finishing in 17th position.
During Galtier’s tenure, ASSE finished in the top 10 of Ligue 1 seven straight seasons, with four of those seasons concluding in a European spot. ASSE won the Coupe de la Ligue in 2013, defeating Rennes for the first time in 32 years.
Galtier confirmed on May 9, 2017, that he would be departing Saint-Étienne at the end of the season when his contract expired. He was the longest-serving Ligue 1 manager still in charge at the time, having taken over for eight years.
Galtier was appointed manager of Lille on December 22, 2017, while the club was in 18th place in the league. In the 2017-18 season, they narrowly avoided relegation by one point. After a seven-year hiatus, he led Lille to second place and qualification for the 2019-20 Champions League season.
Galtier led Lille to their first Ligue 1 title in ten years and fourth in club history during the 2020-21 season.
Many experts lauded Galtier during the season for his tactics as well as his ability to nurture young players such as Jonathan David, Renato Sanches, and Mike Maignan.
Galtier was elected Ligue 1 Manager of the Year for the third time for his accomplishments.
He quit as manager on May 25, 2021, two days after winning the league title. “I simply have the profound belief that my time here is up,” he said.
Galtier was named the new head coach of Ligue 1 team Nice on June 28, 2021. In his debut season, he led the team to fifth place and the Coupe de France final, where they were defeated 1-0 by Nantes.
As a result, Nice qualified for the UEFA Europa Conference League play-off round. He left Nice on June 27, 2022, and was replaced by Lucien Favre.