New PSG Manager: Who is Christophe Galtier?

New PSG Manager: Who is Christophe Galtier?
By Luke Delaney

News about Mauricio Pochettino's reign at PSG ending only broke yesterday evening and the French club haven't wasted any time in finding his successor. After just 18 months in charge at the Parc des Princes, former Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino now finds himself without a job, and will be replaced by Christophe Galtier.

Who is Christophe Galtier?

The 55-year-old had a decent playing career which spanned over 15 years. The former defender played for the likes of Lille, Marseille, Toulouse, Angers and Nimes before retiring in 1999.

Galtier began his managerial career in 2009, where he took over a St. Etienne side that looked destined for relegation. After leading them to safety in his first season, Christophe Galtier led his side to top ten finishes in the seven seasons after, securing European football in four of those.

After eight seasons at the helm, Galtier announced that he would not be extending his contract with St.Etienne.

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In December 2017, Galtier took charge of Lille who were sitting in 18th place at the time. After guiding them to safety by just one point during his first season, they remarkably finished in second place the year after and secured Champions League football for the first time in seven years.

In the 2020/21 season, Galtier won Ligue 1 with Lille for just the fourth time in their history. Despite facing tough competition from sides like Lyon, Marseille and his new club PSG, they managed to win the league by a single point.

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Just two days after winning the title, Christophe Galtier resigned as manager of Lille stating "I simply have the deep belief that my time is up here."

A month later, the former French youth international was appointed manager of fellow Ligue 1 side Nice. Last season he guided them to a fifth place finish, guaranteeing Europa League football and also to a Coupe de France final, only to be beaten by Nantes in the penultimate game.

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At the end of June, Lucien Favre replaced Galtier as manager of Nice.

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