Paul Le Guen takes over the Paris St Germain

15th January 2007, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Jan 15, 2007 (AFP) - Former Rangers boss Paul Le Guen quickly put his unhappy time in Scotland behind him Monday as he took over as the new coach at struggling Paris St Germain, taking over from Guy Lacombe.

PARIS, Jan 15, 2007 (AFP) - Former Rangers boss Paul Le Guen quickly put his unhappy time in Scotland behind him Monday as he took over as the new coach at struggling Paris St Germain, taking over from Guy Lacombe. 

The club's website said that the 42-year-old Le Guen would take over "with immediate effect" bringing long-time assistant Yves Colleu with him. 

Le Guen lasted for only an unhappy seven months at Ibrox before leaving "by mutual consent" on January 4. 

He is a former defender with the Paris club who have slumped to 17th place in the French first division under Lacombe after losing 1-2 at home to Valenciennes on Saturday. 

Le Guen met Monday with PSG officials including president Alain Cayzac and his announcement was posted on the PSG website shortly after that. 

When he was presented to the press in the afternoon he said that the fight against relegation was the top priority and that he was afraid of the situation. 

"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." 

Lacombe only took over at PSG in December, 2005 replacing the sacked Laurent Fournier, but the former Sochaux coach has been unable to reverse the side's slumping fortunes and recent defeats have triggered fears of relegation. 

There has also been trouble in the dressing room with several players expressing their unhappiness on and off the field with crowd trouble that led to the shooting death of a supporter after a UEFA Cup game in late November. 

Le Guen played 478 times for PSG between 1991 and 1998 winning the French league title with them in 1994 followed by the European Cup Winners Cup two years later.

He coached Rennes for three years following his retirement as a player in 1998 before being snapped up by league champions Lyon in 2002.

Le Guen enjoyed huge success with them winning the French league title three times in a row from 2003 before voluntarily taking time off from the game.

To general surprise he replaced Alex McLeish as Rangers coach on a three-year deal in June, but the club got off to its worst start ever in the Scottish Permier League and an open dispute with popular club skipper Barry Ferguson brought his brief tenure to an abrubt halt just after the new year.

But Le Guen remains a popular figure at PSG from his days as a player and his arrival will boost hopes among fans that their club can battle its way back to the top. 

However Le Guen added it was unlikely there would be major changes among his squad during the winter transfer window. "My priority is to work with the current squad, knowing that good deals are rarely made during the transfer window," he said.

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Subject: French news

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