Paris: Antoine Kombouare on Friday quit as coach of Paris Saint-Germain, opening the way for Carlo Ancelotti to take over at the Ligue 1 leaders.
"After two years during which he carried out his duties as PSG head coach with passion, Antoine Kombouare leaves Paris Saint-Germain from today," the Parisian club said in a statement.
Kombouare had taken over as coach of the Paris club in May 2009, moving over from Valenciennes to replace Paul le Guen.
Despite PSG's good form in the league, the explosive Kombouare's position had been under threat for several weeks with sports director Leonardo holding talks with Ancelotti, who has been out of work since being fired by Chelsea.
A former popular player with the club, Kombouare enjoyed mixed success in his first two seasons as coach placing fourth in the league last year and reaching the final of the French Cup where they lost to league champions Lille.
Born on the south-west Pacific island of New Caledonia, Kombouare established a reputation as a rugged centre-back in a 15-year playing career with Nantes, PSG, Swiss side FC Sion and Scottish club Aberdeen.
Having earned his coaching spurs in charge of PSG's reserves, he spent a little over a year at Strasbourg before moving to Valenciennes, whom he led to the Ligue 2 title in 2006 in his first season in charge.
At Valenciennes his outbursts at referees frequently landed him in hot water with the football authorities but he succeeded in establishing Valenciennes in the elite before returning to the Parc des Princes in 2009.