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Former player Kombouare to coach Paris Saint Germain

Latest update : 2009-05-28

Former PSG player Antoine Kombouare has reached a deal with the Parisian club to take over as head coach next season. Kombouare had a brief coaching spell at Strasbourg, before leading Valenciennes to win the second division in 2006.

AFP - Valenciennes coach Antoine Kombouare confirmed Thursday he has reached a deal to take over as the new coach of French first division rivals Paris Saint Germain.

"Everything has been settled," the 45-year-old told journalists, adding that he would be signing a new contract by fax later on Thursday.

Kombouare played five seasons at Paris Saint Germain between 1990 and 1995 as part of a 16-year playing career that also included spells at Nantes, Swiss side FC Sion and Scottish club Aberdeen.

He will take over at PSG from Paul Le Guen who was not offered a new deal following reported clashes with club chairman Sebastien Bazin over control of the club's transfer policy.

PSG are currently fifth in the French first division and are on the verge of a place in next season's newly formed Europa League competition, which will replace the UEFA Cup.

Le Guen has been touted as a potential successor to Kombouare at Valenciennes, although the two sides have not reached a formal agreement.

Kombouare was a member of the PSG side that won the French title in 1994 and lifted both the French Cup and French League Cup in 1993 and 1995 respectively.

Following his playing career which finished with Racing Club Paris in 1999, he moved straight into coaching as reserve team coach at PSG.

He then had a brief spell at Strasbourg, before taking over at Valenciennes which he led to the French division two title in 2006.

It was their first promotion to the top flight since the club were demoted to the third division in 1994 following their role as part of the infamous Valenciennes/Marseille match fixing scandal.

Date created : 2009-05-28