PARIS - Coach Paul Le Guen will leave Paris St Germain at the end of the season after the club decided against renewing his contract. "Paris St Germain today announce their decision not to renew ... the contract of their coach Paul Le Guen that expires on June 30, 2009," the Ligue 1 team said on their website. Le Guen, who played 17 times for France from 1993-95, joined PSG in January 2007 after a spell in charge of Scottish Premier League Rangers. PSG narrowly escaped relegation last season but are now fourth in Ligue 1, eight points behind leaders Olympique Marseille with four games to go. Le Guen left the club's training ground without comment on Tuesday but midfielder Ludovic Giuly told Reuters: "I was really surprised especially since there are only four matches left". 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 said. French media tipped Antoine Kombouare of Valenciennes, a former PSG player who coached their reserves from 1999-2003, to take over. Le Guen, who won the European Cup Winners' Cup with PSG as a player in 1996, started his coaching career in 1998 at Stade Rennes before leading Olympique Lyon to four consecutive league titles from 2002-05.
5 May 2009
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