Coach Le Guen to leave PSG at end of season

PARIS Tue May 5, 2009 7:23pm IST

Paris St Germain 's coach Paul Le Guen seen at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris in this March 15, 2009 file photo. REUTERS/Charles Platiau

Paris St Germain 's coach Paul Le Guen seen at Parc des Princes stadium in Paris in this March 15, 2009 file photo.

Credit: Reuters/Charles Platiau

PARIS (Reuters) - Coach Paul Le Guen will leave Paris St Germain at the end of the season after the Ligue 1 club decided not to renew his contract, it said on Tuesday.

"Paris St Germain today announce their decision not to renew, after almost three years of collaboration, the contract of their coach Paul Le Guen that expires on June 30, 2009," PSG said on its website (www.psg.fr).

Le Guen, who played 17 times for France from 1993 to 1995, joined PSG from Scottish Premier League club Rangers in January, 2007.

PSG, who escaped relegation in the final round of matches last season, are fourth in Ligue 1, eight points behind leaders Olympique Marseille with four matches left.

They are one point behind third-placed Olympique Lyon, who occupy the qualifying spot for a Champions League playoff match.

PSG said they were already preparing for next season.

"The name of his successor will be announced in the coming weeks, and Paul Le Guen will go on with his job until the end of his contract," the club's statement added.

French media tipped Valenciennes manager Antoine Kombouare, a former PSG player who coached their reserve team from 1999 to 2003, to take over.

Le Guen, who won the European Cup Winners' Cup with PSG in 1996, started his coaching career in 1998 at Stade Rennes before leading Lyon to four consecutive league titles from 2001/02.

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