According to sources, Paris Saint-Germain manager Christophe Galtier has been fired after only one season in charge of the Ligue 1 champions.
When he was appointed in July 2022, the 56-year-old signed a two-year contract with the Qatari-backed club, but he did not finish a single year in Paris.
While Galtier guided the team to their 11th league title after a brilliant 2022-23 season, his time at PSG was marred by a failure to go past the round of 16 in the Champions League.
Attaining success at the highest level in Europe has evaded the Parisian behemoths, and two humiliating losses to Bayern Munich in the first round of the knockout stages have left Galtier with a black mark.
PSG also had a disappointing Coupe de France campaign, losing in the round of 16 against Olympique Marseille.
According to Le Parisien, Galtier was fired by director Luis Campos on Tuesday afternoon, but the move was not unexpected by the head coach.
His stay was marred further by claims of racism committed by Galtier during his time at Nice, which the coach has categorically rejected.
Galtier is said to have complained about having ‘too many black and Muslim players’ during his time at the Riviera club, and Nice-Matin stated that Galtier had urged his Muslim players not to observe Ramadan during a five-game winning streak.
The manager’s resignation comes during a rocky start to the month for the champions, with landmark signing Lionel Messi set to go after failing to impress in Paris, as will Sergio Ramos, and world record signing Neymar Jr. reportedly seeking a switch to Manchester United.
The club’s management has yet to announce who will succeed Galtier, but former Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann, whose team knocked out Galtier’s in Europe, is widely seen as the favorite.
Jose Mourinho, the head coach of Roma, has also been considered, though it is unclear whether the legendary manager would remain in the Italian city following their failure to win the Europa League on Wednesday.