Paris St Germain have sacked coach Guy Lacombe and replaced him with former Lyon and Rangers manager Paul Le Guen.
“From today, Guy Lacombe is not in charge of coaching the professional team. The role is handed to Paul Le Guen and his assistant Yves Collieu,” the Ligue 1 club said in a statement.
Lacombe was appointed PSG coach in December 2005. The club have only won four Ligue 1 games this season and have dropped to 17th, just one spot and two points above the relegation zone.
Le Guen led Lyon to three successive Ligue 1 titles from 2003 to 2005. He joined Rangers at the start of the season but left by mutual consent on January 4.
When asked about the biggest challenge facing him, Le Guen had not hesitation in nominating the threat posed by relegation.
“Yes, I’m afraid,” Le Guen said. “And the I want the players to be afraid with me. I am happy and proud to become the coach of PSG. I spent seven years here and it is a club to which I am still very attached.”
When asked why he has now accepted a job he turned down a year ago, Le Guen added: “The circumstances are different. There were discussions with Mr Cayzac yesterday and I decided to say yes. First I wanted to go abroad (Rangers), then I wanted to come back, and now I want to say yes to PSG.”