Luis Enrique, an ex-Barcelona manager who left Spain after their World Cup defeat in December, is close to signing a contract to become Paris Saint-Germain’s new head coach. Earlier this summer, Luis Enrique was considered for the Chelsea and Tottenham jobs.
Luis Enrique’s hiring as Paris Saint-Germain’s next head coach is close to being finalised.
Following the dismissal of Christophe Galtier, whose departure was officially announced on Wednesday morning, the French champions are prepared to hire the Spaniard.
Luis Enrique, who was considered for the current managerial openings at Chelsea and Tottenham, has been unemployed since leaving Spain in December after their World Cup elimination against Morocco in Qatar.
The 53-year-old’s most recent club position was with Barcelona, when he captured the 2015 Triple Crown.
In spite of the fact that Galtier, 56, guided PSG to the Ligue 1 championship last season, the former manager of Roma and Celta Vigo now appears destined to succeed him.
However, PSG’s performance dipped after the World Cup with 10 losses in 28 games.
In the round of 16, Bayern Munich eliminated them from the Champions League, and in the same round of the French Cup, they lost to rivals Marseille.
Galtier was fired with one year left on the PSG contract he signed after being hired in July 2022.
A club statement read: “The entire Paris Saint-Germain team would like to thank Christophe Galtier, as well as his assistants Thierry Oleksiak and João Sacramento, for their professionalism and commitment throughout the season, and wish them all the best for the rest of their careers.”
Despite PSG’s best wishes, he departs with a cloud over him. He was served with a summons on Friday, and he will go on trial in December on allegations of psychological harassment and discrimination related to claims of racism at his former club Nice.
On Friday morning, the Frenchman and his son, John Valovic-Galtier, were taken into custody to be questioned. Galtier, who rejects the accusations, was referred to the public prosecutor’s office following his son’s release from custody and will be tried in Nice on December 15.