French champion PSG names Unai Emery as its new coach

PARIS (AP) Unai Emery, who guided Spanish club Sevilla to its third straight Europa League title last month, has been named as the new coach of Paris Saint-Germain.

The French champion said in a statement Tuesday that Emery has signed a two-year deal, with the option for an extra year.

The 44-year-old Spaniard replaces Laurent Blanc at PSG.

Blanc was fired on Monday, only months after he signed a new two-year contract.

Despite leading PSG to back-to-back domestic trebles – an unprecedented level of success in the French league – Blanc fell short in Europe, failing to get beyond the quarterfinals of the Champions League during his three seasons in charge.