Christophe Galtier will sign in Qatar

Christophe Galtier will sign in Qatar

Three months after his departure from Paris-Saint-Germain, Christophe Galtier will remain linked with Qatar. The 57-year-old French coach will join Al-Duhail in the coming days where he will replace the Argentinian Hernan Crespo, who was fired while he was under contract until June 2024, after a defeat in Asian Champions League against Persepolis (0-1, Monday). Still in the south of France, Galtier should fly to Doha by the end of the week to sign a two-season contract.

At Al-Duhail, Galtier will notably manage the Brazilian Philippe Coutinho, the French midfielder Ibrahima Diallo (brother of Abdou) and find Isaac Lihadji, whom he had known in Lille. This decision to bounce back in Qatar when he had been approached by Olympique de Marseille to succeed Marcelino may come as a surprise.

From a sporting point of view, the challenge seems a little less thrilling. But Galtier did not necessarily want to continue in Ligue 1 while his trial for moral harassment and discrimination, at the time when he was coach of Nice, will open on December 15. By remaining in France, and in particular at OM, a club he knows well, the ex-Parisian technician knows that he would not have been able to fully concentrate on his objective.

On September 17, Galtier spoke on Canal+ for the first time since his ouster from PSG in order to defend himself: “It’s false, archfaux. Football people know me. I do not accept that we can say that Christophe Galtier is a racist. » When the affair exploded, in the middle of spring, after the revelation of an email from Julien Fournier sent to the management of OGC Nice, the man who was then at PSG was particularly affected by the accusations of which he was the subject. ‘object. The end of PSG’s season had been eventful. Despite everything, the capital club retained its French champion title and Galtier added one to his personal record, after that obtained with LOSC during the 2020-2021 season.

He wanted to find a bench

This was not enough for him to end his contract with Paris in June 2024. Fired on July 5, Galtier was the subject of several requests subsequently, notably one from the United Arab Emirates. just before Naples also showed interest. The Italian champion finally chose another Frenchman, Rudi Garcia, and Galtier declined the Middle East. Did he want a more attractive sporting project? Or was he too exhausted by his last months in the capital? He had decided to return home, to the South, near his loved ones, to rest and regenerate, aware that legal deadlines would await him at the end of the year. But he had not given up on the field and the idea of ​​finding a bench either. He just wished it wasn’t in France. It will therefore be in Qatar, his former employer…

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