PSG hired former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel. (Source: AP)
Paris Saint-Germain hired former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel on Monday, a day after the outgoing Unai Emery was voted coach of the year in the French league.
Tuchel signed a two-year contract with the French champion. Financial terms were not disclosed.
“It is with much joy, pride and ambition that I am joining this big club,” Tuchel said. “I can’t wait to start working with all these great players who are all among the best in the world.”
Praised for his attractive style of attacking play, Tuchel was without a club since he was sacked by Borussia at the end of the 2016-17 season.
The 44-year-old Tuchel led Borussia Dortmund to the German Cup title in 2017 before getting fired three days later after falling out with club officials over the course of an inconsistent season.
Paris Saint-Germain are delighted to announce that Thomas Tuchel will be the new first-team coach next season !
The German tactician has signed a two year contract with the French champions 🔴🔵 pic.twitter.com/JoeU0jMqFC
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) 14 May 2018
Tuchel, a former Mainz coach who followed in Juergen Klopp’s footsteps by taking over in Dortmund in 2015, led the side to second place in the Bundesliga in his first season, when Dortmund was the best runner-up in the league’s history, and the German Cup final.
Emery was named coach of the year after guiding PSG to a domestic treble. But he was not offered a contract extension after the club once again fell short in Europe, going out in the last 16 of the Champions League for the second straight season. He had been without the injured Neymar since February.
“Thomas is one of the best and most competitive European coaches to have emerged over the last few seasons,” PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said. “He abides by very strong principles of playing spectacular and clinical football that has always been the foundation of German football, especially on the international scene.”