Pochettino named new PSG coach, vows to ‘win with style’

PARIS (AFP) – Mauricio Pochettino was officially named the new coach of French champions Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on Saturday following the sacking of Thomas Tuchel and immediately vowed “to win with style”.

PSG announced on its website that the former Tottenham manager had signed a contract until June 30, 2022 with an option for an additional year.

“PSG are one of the biggest clubs in the world,” the 48-year-old told the club’s TV channel.

“So it’s not only important to win but to win with style.”

However, he added, “Discipline is important, respect, friendship between the players but also all the staff.”

The Argentine was the only name in the frame to take over at the club after PSG abruptly ended Tuchel’s involvement on December 24, reportedly for comments viewed as critical of the Qatari owners.

“This club has always held a special place in my heart. I have wonderful memories, especially of the unique atmosphere of the Parc des Princes,” Pochettino, who played for the club from 2001 to 2003, said.

“I return to the club today with a lot of ambition and humility, and am eager to work with some of the world’s most talented players,” Pochettino said, adding he would do his utmost “to give our team the combative and attacking playing identity that fans have always loved.”