PSG will be on the hunt for a new manager come the summer after their latest exit from the Champions League, and as expected they seem to be looking at the Premier League for their next boss.
Despite spending half a billion last summer, they still fell at the fist hurdle in the knockout rounds, and it’s evident their manager simply isn’t good enough tactically to take them through to the latter stages or to move the club forward.
French football expert Julian Laurens thinks the Premier League will be PSG’s first port of call, and said to the BBC: “PSG will have to start again. It shows that it is not easy to win the Champions League and you certainly cannot buy the Champions League, despite all the money they have spent.
“They will certainly need a better coach than Unai Emery because it is quite clear that he will not be the PSG manager next season.
“I think the owners have a shortlist now. They have anticipated this.
“Even if he had won the Champions League he may not have been the manager next season.
“There are even rumours that they tried to sack Unai Emery in December after the defeat by Bayern Munich away in the group stages.
“Someone like Antonio Conte or Mauricio Pochettino will be on the shortlist. You look at someone like Luis Enrique or Allergri as well.
“It is an attractive club for a lot of those managers.
“I don’t think Arsene Wenger is the running anymore for the job.
“They have tried in the past for Jose Mourinho, but him signing a new deal at Manchester United has put this one to bed for now.”
There could be a shock on the cards, with Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez reportedly an outside shout, and the odds for Pep Guardiola reflect the slim chance he would leave Manchester City – but despite his new Man United contract, Mourinho is reportedly a top candidate and if United fail to match his ambition this summer, he could look to leave.
Ladbrokes think Chelsea boss Antonio Conte may leave this summer – either through his own choice or the sack, and PSG could be his top choice.
Benitez – 25/1
Guardiola – 20/1
Klopp – 16/1
Pochettino – 6/1
Wenger – 6/1
Conte – 5/1
Mourinho – 5/1
While PSG may be suffering, one club who could keep their formerly under pressure manager is Real Madrid, with manager Zidane getting it spot on last night in terms of the team selection.
Things have been far from perfect this season, and the Champions League could well be their only shot of success – and after showing their dominance and Ronaldo’s love for a goal or three in the competition, no one will want to draw them.