Coach No.1: Pierre Phelipon (1970-72 - 74 matches)
At 35 years of age and after having played as defender for Racing, Stade Français, Rouen, Grenoble and Angoulême, Phelipon became the first ever coach of PSG in 1970 – a year after having already replaced the emblematic Stade Sangermanois coach, Roger Quenolle. He didn’t hesitate in re-lacing up the boots to help out his defence and managed to mould together a competitive outfit comprising both amateur and professional players. After a winning start (champion of France in the National second division), Pierre Phelipon courageously guided his side in the French top flight, despite the difficult relations between Parisians and Sangermanois. He quit the club in 1972 and pursued his coaching career at Bordeaux, Cambrai and Tours.
Coach No.2: Robert Vicot (1972-75 - 131 matches)
A no-holes-barred defender for the Sporting Club de Toulon, Vicot moved into coaching with Le Lavandou (1964) and then Châteauroux. He began his Parisian career with the Under-18s, whom he took to the semi-final of the Gambardella youth cup, before replacing Phelipon at the helm of the senior squad in 1972. Daniel Hechter kept him on alongside Justo Fontaine for two seasons, but the two men finally fell out at the start of the 1975-76 season. Vicot refused the club’s offer as reserve team coach and chief of recruitment and left the capital. He continued coaching with Rouen and PFC before turning his attentions to the Gabon national team.
Coach No.3: Justo Fontaine (1973-76 - 137 matches)
Legendary goal-scorer for Reims and France (30 goals in 20 caps), Fontaine still holds the record for the most goals scored in a World Cup finals tournament (13 goals in 1958). After suffering a serious leg injury, Fontaine took over the coaching reins of the France national team before accepting Daniel Hechter’s challenge of creating a great club in the French capital. He was the driving force behind the teams promotion to the first division in 1974, promoting attacking and seductive football. But the friendship between Daniel Hechter and Justo Fontaine would end in tatters in 1976 – law suits, damages, contractual disputes… Justo went on to coach Toulouse as well as the Moroccan national team.
Coach No.4: Velibor Vasovic (1976-77 and 1978-79 - 73 matches)
A Yugoslavia international (32 caps, 2 goals), Vasovic won no less that 14 trophies during a glittering playing career that took him from Partizan to Red Star Belgrade and then Ajax Amsterdam. The pick of the bunch was the European Cup he won alongside Johan Cruyff for Ajax on June 2,1971: 2-0 versus Panathinaikos. A passionate coach, he managed Partizan Belgrade and Angers before signing for Paris, with the aim of qualifying the club for European competition. Despite a largely positive campaign, he quit the club after narrowly missing out on the UEFA Cup and despite being offered a new deal to remain at the club. Vasovic was back 16 months later, answering the call from President Borelli, however the results didn’t follow. Exasperated by the pressures applied from the Coaches Union (presided over by Guy Roux), Vasovic quit France suddenly in 1979, continuing his coaching at, amongst others, Ethnikos (Greece) and Red Star Belgrade. An asthma sufferer, he retired from coaching to concentrate on his law career in the 1990s. Velibor Vasovic passed away on March 4 2002, after suffering a heart attack.
Coach No.5: Jean-Michel Larque (1977-78 - 48 matches)
A playmaker for the France national team (15 caps) and former captain of Saint-Etienne (seven national titles and four Cups), Jean-Michel Larqué ended his playing career to take up the post of coach at Paris Saint-Germain in 1977. However, the absence of a veritable playmaker in his squad quickly saw him re-don the boots and adopt a player-coach role which proved difficult to sustain in Ligue 1. Paris found itself sitting bottom of the table when Larqué decided to concentrate solely on his coaching, but the average results confirmed the failure of his tenure and a year after finally hanging up his boots he became general manager of the club before quitting professional football and joining the Racing-Club de France. He then embarked on a successful television commentary career alongside Thierry Roland.
Coach No.6: Pierre Alonzo (1976-77, 1978-79 and 1979-80 - 18 matches)
A player with Aïn-Temouchent and Avellaneda (both in Algeria), Pierre Alonzo arrived in France in 1961, playing for Red-Star and Cannes before ending his playing career with Menton. In 1971, after fulfilling a educational role with underprivileged and intellectually disabled children, Alonzo passed his coaching badge. He coached Saint-Tropez where he met Daniel Hechter and eventually married Hechter’s sister. He joined the PSG youth centre in 1976, before taking charge of the senior team on three different occasions – twice, alongside Ilja Pantelic in 1977, and Camille Choquier in 1979, as interim manager. In 1978, following the departure of Jean-Michel Larqué, he was finally given the top job, only for President Francis Borelli to quickly change his mind and recall Vasovic – an about-face which provoked Alonzo’s leaving the capital the continue his coaching career at Périgueux, Nice and Cannes. Luis Fernandez, who debuted under Alonzo, brought him back as an assistant coach in 1994. Alonzo followed Luis to Athletic Bilbao, and again to Paris in December 2000. Midway through 2001 he retired from the world of professional football, although he continued to follow the fortunes of PSG via his goalkeeping son Jérôme who played for PSG between 2001 and 2008.