Leonardo to be ‘English-style’ manager at PSG
Former Brazil star Leonardo is to take over at Paris Saint-Germain as an “English-style” general manager, according to the French club’s new owners.
Leonardo, a former PSG player, arrived in Paris on Wednesday to finalise the details of his role within the club.
The 41-year-old will reportedly work as a director of football with sweeping powers over player recruitment.
“Leonardo will be an English-style general manager,” said senior club official Simon Taher.
A press conference is to be held at Parc des Princes in Paris later on Wednesday, when Leonardo will be officially presented to the media.
Leonardo’s appointment followed just hours after the decision to remove Robin Leproux as president of the club.
Leonardo, who was coach of Inter Milan last season, is believed to have held out for Leproux’s departure as a condition of his arrival, as his desire to have complete power over transfers would have intruded into Leproux’s remit.
Leproux announced earlier on Wednesday that he had been removed from his position less than a month after Qatar Sports Investments (QSI) took over as majority shareholders of the club.
“I have been removed as president,” said Leproux.
“My first thought is for the future of PSG. I tried with all of the teams that I directed to develop this club and work as seriously as possible.
“From the bottom of my heart, I hope that the management team will have tremendous success.”
QSI completed a deal on June 30 that gave them 70 percent of the shares of the club.
Leonardo met four days ago with QSI president Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the Qatar Crown Prince Tamim Al-Thani in London, telling them he would not come to Paris until the question of Leproux’s future had been resolved.