Not content with collecting some of the best playing talent in the world, Paris Saint-Germain are now turning their attention to hiring one of the Premier League’s big name managers according to a report in Paris United.
Monaco beat PSG to the title last term and even though they now lead Ligue 1 that should be the minimum requirement for a team boasting the likes of Neymar, Edinson Cavani and Kylian Mpappe.
The Qatari owned club’s main goal is to win the Champions league and while Unai Emery has seen them through the group stages with a minimum of fuss there are signs that he might not have the star power required for a club of their ambitions and a dressing room so full of big egos.
Sporting Director Antero Henrique is said to have put Chelsea’s Antonio Conte, Manchester United’s Jose Mourinho and Spurs boss Mauricio Pochettino on his shortlist of potential replacements.
Conte is often linked with a move away from London and as a proven league winner would certainly be an attractive option, but his relatively poor record in the Champions League – and cups in general, he has never won one – will almost certainly count against him. Rumours linking him to a return to Italy, either with a club or the national team seem more likely.
Pochettino hasn’t actually won anything yet either, but last night’s demolition of Real Madrid by his young Spurs side will have done wonders for his standing in game. While he may be tempted by what would definitely be a significant pay rise and a huge transfer budget it is unlikely that the Argentine would seriously consider the move.
At Spurs he has a young side who are trained to his way of playing, he has them pushing for a League title and purring in Europe. The players love him, the fans love him and with a move to a new Stadium on the horizon things are looking pretty good for the North London side. A move to a team full of established pre-madonna’s would likely not be very attractive.
Finally then to Mourinho. The Portuguese boss has been making eyes at PSG recently saying “at the moment in Paris there is something special. Magic, quality, youth, it’s fantastic” , and adding that he saw himself managing at another club after Manchester United one day.
Much will depend on how things play out this season, it’s unlikely that he would want to leave Old Trafford without a league title and there are times when he speaks of a long-term project but should things turn sour, as they often do with Mourinho, we may see him prowling the Parisian touchlines in the not too distant future.
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