Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

PSG appoints Thomas Tuchel as coach

PSG appoints Thomas Tuchel as coach

The only other club that would really operate like that is Real Madrid.

Tuchel was most recently the coach at Borussia Dortmund, but parted ways in May 2017 amid reported disagreements with the club hierarchy despite guiding the club to the DFB Pokal title three days earlier. In a report published on Sunday, the Red Devils were lining up an offer in excess of £200 million to bring Neymar to Old Trafford.

Tuchel has been out of work since May of past year when he was axed by Borussia Dortmund.

It's also perhaps worth remembering that he was available and incredibly keen to join Arsenal last summer, though talks were scuppered early on when Arsene Wenger made a decision to hang on for another middling year. Due to his coaching patch and preferred style of pressing, attacking, possession-based football, Tuchel is often compared to Dortmund predecessor Jurgen Klopp. He can coach, but also has good man-management skills, which will be needed with the big names in the PSG squad. Last season was a rare exception, when Monaco under Leonardo Jardim enjoyed an extraordinary season, then lost a host of them to rivals. The 26-year-old superstar left La Liga giants Barcelona for a world record transfer fee of £198 million last summer and proved his worth in gold for the Parisians until a misfortunate injury cut short his career in the French capital.

The treble-winning Qatar-backed French club are seeking be an UEFA Champions League superpower, with a view to winning it, and Tuchel spoke of his readiness for the task ahead.

Tuchel, 44, is insatiable in his ambition, and despite Sevilla's continental success, he has already coached a bigger club in Dortmund, where the pressure was higher than anything Emery had grown accustomed to in Spain. However, they are still likely to start next season as one of the favourites to win the Champions League. It was no secret that Neymar was quickly unimpressed with Emery, while the Spaniard did not help himself with weak shows of leadership at crucial moments.

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