As of just a few minutes ago, Thomas Tuchel is officially the new manager/head coach of Paris Saint-Germain.
Having waited in the wings for what feels like months now, the former Borussia Dortmund boss has signed a two-year contract at the Parc des Princes which is scheduled to kick in at the start of July.
Le @PSG_inside est heureux d’annoncer l’arrivée de Thomas Tuchel au poste d’entraîneur de l’équipe professionnelle !
Le technicien allemand a signé un contrat de deux ans avec le club champion de France 🔴🔵
— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_inside) May 14, 2018
Tuchel replaces Unai Emery, who ultimately paid the price for failing to utch PSG on to that next plain of superclub elite-dom this season just gone.
Talking to the Ligue 1 champions’ official website, the 44-year-old German said:
It is with great joy, pride and ambition that I join this great world football club that is Paris Saint-Germain.
I look forward to working with all these great players, all of whom are among the best on the planet.
With my staff, we will do everything to help the team push their limits to the highest international level.
There is extraordinary potential in Paris and this is the most exciting challenge that has come to me.
I am also looking forward to discovering Parc des Princes, a legendary European football stadium with a fantastic atmosphere.
Given that PSG’s utter domination of French football is taken as a given these days (they’ve won three domestic trebles and one double in the past four years), we can only speculate that Tuchel’s two-year deal contains a plethora of clauses pertaining to reaching and winning the Champions League final – such is the ownership’s sole wanton desire.
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 decided to hang on for another middling year.
Oh, what might have been, eh?