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Luis Enrique replaces Galtier as PSG head coach



Former Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been appointed head coach of Paris St-Germain.

Former Spain and Barcelona manager Luis Enrique has been appointed head coach of Paris St-Germain.

The 53-year-old Spaniard replaces Christophe Galtier, who has been sacked despite winning the Ligue 1 title in his one season in charge.

Luis Enrique has signed a two-year contract with the French champions.

It is his first role since he stepped down as Spain manager in December after Spain’s defeat by Morocco on penalties in the last 16 of the 2022 World Cup.

His last job in club management was at Barcelona, where he won nine trophies in three seasons between 2014 and 2017, including the Champions League, La Liga, and Copa del Rey Triple in his first campaign in charge.


Luis Enrique went on to replace Fernando Hierro as Spain manager in 2018 and led his country to the final of the Nations League and the semi-finals of the European Championships in 2021 before quitting after their Qatar World Cup exit.

The former Real Madrid and Barcelona midfielder takes over a PSG squad in transition.

Question marks remain over the futures of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar following Lionel Messi’s departure to Inter Miami.

The club’s Qatari owners are intent on trying to build a team rather than continuing the policy of signing high-profile players, which has so far failed to deliver the Champions League success they crave.

Early signs had been promising under Galtier after he replaced Mauricio Pochettino last summer.


PSG started last season strongly with a 22-game unbeaten streak but lost nine times in all competitions after the resumption of club football following the 2022 World Cup.

A 2-1 loss to Marseille in the last 16 of the French Cup in February was quickly followed by a defeat against Bayern Munich at the same stage of the Champions League.

And PSG’s league form also waned as they limped to the Ligue 1 title, finishing just one point above runners-up Lens.

Galtier also came under increasing pressure off the pitch after being accused in April of making racist remarks during his time in charge at previous club Nice—all charges that he has denied—and will go on trial in December as a result of an investigation.


PSG said in a statement: “The entire Paris St-Germain team would like to thank Christophe Galtier, as well as his assistants Thierry Oleksiak and Joao Sacramento, for their professionalism and commitment throughout the season.”

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