As had been expected over the last few days Italian Carlo Ancelotti has been named as the new head coach of French Ligue 1 leaders FC Paris Saint-Germain following the sacking of Antoine Kombouare. The ambitious new owners of PSG - Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) did not think that Kombouare was the man to push their big European ambitions.
Ancelotti, who successfully has coached at AC Milan and FC Chelsea, comes to to the French capital knowing that here is a club which has aspirations as his two former clubs in Milan and Chelsea also have. While he won the UEFA Champions League twice at Milan, he somewhat failed in London though winning the league and cup double.
Though on top of the French Ligue 1 Kombouare's downfall has been the fact that PSG were eliminated from the group stage of this seasons UEFA Europa League with the Ligue 1 title not big enough for the ambitious Qataris though it would be only PSG's third national title, while Kombouare wasn't also a big enough name as a coach.
Ancelotti knows about the task on hand and said at the press conference, "We have huge ambitions, naturally we want to win the title, we want to play in the Champions League and do the best possible in that."
"The discussion is not: '1st is good, 2nd is not good', the project is bigger than that. The objective is to grow, that the club is both competitive in France and especially in Europe."
"I have a huge responsibility, because the team is first," Ancelotti added.
Former PSG captain Claude Makélélé has been appointed assistant coach with the club looking to bring in more talent over the winter transfer window. The name of Englishman David Beckham is making the rounds, but if he will sign at PSG will have to be seen. Likewise other names in Chelsea's Florent Malouda, Milan's Alexandre Pato or Real Madrid's ex-Milan out of favour playmaker Kaka are being linked to PSG.