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Le Guen to leave PSG at end of season

Le Guen to leave PSG at end of season

Paris Saint-Germain will not renew coach Paul Le Guen's contract at the end of the season, bringing to an end his sometimes troubled reign that saw the club twice narrowly escape relegation and win the League Cup.
PSG announced on its Web site Tuesday that Le Guen will stay until the end of the season and that the club will announce his successor in the coming weeks.
Le Guen won the League Cup trophy last season and lost in the final of the French Cup to Lyon, the club he had coached to three straight French titles before leaving in 2005.
Le Guen joined PSG in January 2007 with the club deep in relegation trouble. The club avoided going down to the second division on the last day of that season, and did so again last term.
"Paul Le Guen managed to hold things together in difficult times," PSG said in a statement, adding that the 45-year-old Le Guen helped the club figure "among the best French clubs" once again.
French reports say that Le Guen had a heated meeting with club president Sebastien Bazin following Sunday's 1-0 home loss to Rennes, which deprived PSG of the chance to leapfrog Lyon into third place and a Champions League qualifying slot.
With four rounds remaining, however, the club is only one point behind Lyon and in a strong position with an easier run-in than the seven-time defending champion. But relations within the club have been fraught for many months.
PSG president Charles Villeneuve, who stepped down in February and was replaced by Bazin, clashed with Le Guen over recruitment policy, insisting the club sign the former Chelsea striker Mateja Kezman against Le Guen's wishes last summer.
Kezman, who has one of the biggest salaries among the players, has rarely figured for PSG this season and scored only one league goal and a further three goals in the UEFA Cup as PSG reached the quarterfinal.
Lynchpin midfielder Claude Makelele, who joined from Chelsea, reportedly committed to playing for one more season next term only so long as Le Guen left.
Le Guen reportedly also had a strained relationship with Alain Roche, the club's head of recruitment, and it is thought he is leaving because he did not wish to continue working alongside his former PSG teammate.
In March 2006, Le Guen took over from Alex McLeish at Scottish giant Rangers on a three-year contract, but lasted less than one year.
After well publicized rifts with club captain Barry Ferguson and publicly criticizing the club's drinking culture, Le Guen's position became untenable and he quit on Jan. 4, 2007 _ three days after stripping Ferguson of the captaincy.
Less than two weeks later, Le Guen took over at trouble PSG, which was deep in relegation trouble and in turmoil following the shooting death of a PSG fan following a UEFA Cup match against Hapoel Tel Aviv in November 2006.
As a combative midfielder, Le Guen played 478 games for PSG, helping it win its last French title in 1994 and the now defunct European Cup Winners Cup two years later. He played 17 times for France and helped PSG reach the Champions League semifinal in 1995, which it lost to AC Milan.
Le Guen started his coaching career at Rennes in 1998, but left in 2001 after falling out with the board.
He joined Lyon in 2002 after Jacques Santini left to become France coach following the club's first league title win in 2001-02, and quit in May 2005 after taking the team to a third straight title.


Updated : 2021-03-08 00:24 GMT+08:00