Carlo Ancelotti back in work …

Former Blues boss Carlo Ancelotti has been confirmed as the new coach of French side Paris Saint-Germain.

The Italian, 52, had held talks earlier this week and there had been lots of rumours about his expected appointment, but it was finally confirmed on Friday at a news conference at the Parc des Princes stadium.

After being sacked in May by Roman, Carlo had initially stated he wanted to take a year off but the lure of PSG and their spending power was too much.

There was a delay because their old boss, 48-year-old, Antoine Kombouare was only sacked on Friday despite being top of the league.

Since the Qatari owners took control there had been lots of talk concerning how long it would be until there was a change of coach, and failure to get out of the group stages of the Europa League gave them the chance to make that change.

It will be interesting to see if Carlo can bring in David Beckham, who he managed at Milan – But the England legend could still stay in America with LA Galaxy.

Carlo managed to win a league and cup double with Chelsea in his first season but was sacked at the end of the 2010/11 campaign, after seeing the Blues finish second in the Premier League having thrown away a huge lead that they had built up.

The French club have already spent £71.3m on players since the change of ownership, this included paying £35.2m for 22-year-old midfielder Javier Pastore from Palermo.

As a player the Italian won everything in club football, this included TWO European Cups and THREE Serie A titles.

During his time as Milan’s coach he led the team to TWO Champions League titles, TWO Fifa World Club Cups and a Serie A title.

It will be interesting to see how he gets on at PSG, one thing is guarenteed, he will be given funds to spend BUT the big question is: ‘Can he make them into one of Europe’s elite???’

By Scott Balaam


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