Antoine Kombouare leaves Paris Saint-Germain

Despite leading the Parisians to the top of Ligue 1, the 48-year-old has departed the side amid reports that Carlo Ancelotti is set to take over the reins later on Friday
Paris Saint-Germain have confirmed that coach Antoine Kombouare has left the club.

In a statement released on Friday, the capital giants also expressed their gratitude for the work the former Valenciennes trainer has overseen at the Parc des Princes since his arrival in 2009.

"After two years in which he served with great passion, the role of coach, Antoine Kombouare has left Paris Saint-Germain," began the press release.

"PSG would like to thank Antoine Kombouare for the professionalism he has shown throughout his work and wish him success in his new endeavours.

"For his part, Antoine Kombouare expressed gratitude to PSG for the confidence he had been shown over the years. He remains the largest supporter of the club and is confident that success will be achieved in the coming years."

Since Kombouare's appointment two years ago, he managed to revive the fortunes of the flagging outfit, after winning a Coupe de France in his first season and a fourth-placed finish in Ligue 1 in the following campaign.

However, his future in Paris has been the subject of constant speculation after PSG were bought out by the Qatar Investment Authority in May 2011, and despite the team sitting at the league summit, the owners were believed to have wanted a higher-profile name in charge.

The onus will now be put on ex-Chelsea and AC Milan coach Carlo Ancelotti, who is being tipped to succeed Kombouare imminently, with a press conference being scheduled for 15.00CET.