The fact that there is no time for sentimentality at PSG has already been demonstrated by the dismissal of manager Thomas Tuchel (48) – on the night of Christmas Eve 2020, after the 4-0 win against Strasbourg …
The term of office of Tuchel’s successor will expire prematurely. Mauricio Pochettino (50) clarified the championship on Saturday by beating Lens 1-1, but this title is not enough for the hosts. The Argentine will have to leave at the end of the season, at the latest. This was reported unanimously by several French media. “Le Parisien” also writes that Pochettino himself is not interested in fulfilling his contract, which will last until 2023.
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However, the manager is unlikely to step down on his own initiative, so PSG will have to pay hefty severance pay once again. In the case of Pochettino and his staff, the figure would be 15 million euros …
As in the case of Tuchel – at the time Pochettino was reported as his successor on the day of his dismissal – now the news is back on who should be the favorite for the position of coach: Antonio Conte (52). The Italian himself is very interested in a job in Paris and a two-year contract.
Conte is considered a hard worker, an uncompromising decision maker who subordinates everything to success – and therefore meets the requirements of the PSG management, which has enough – in his opinion – coaches who fail to put the stellar ensemble in shape to finally win the Champions League.
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Problem: Conte only took over Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in November 2021 and has a contract until 2023 – and Spurs boss Daniel Levy is known for not making it easy for staff who are willing to change to leave the club. In addition, quite winning staff: Conte has stabilized the club in difficulty and can also qualify for the Champions League with Tottenham.
Zinedine Zidane, who had long been considered the favorite to succeed Pochettino, is said to have no interest, speculating on his job as coach of the French national team after the World Cup in Qatar.
It is not clear how and where Pochettino will continue. The manager was considered a candidate for Manchester United, but the Red Devils have chosen Erik ten Hag.
Sports director Leonardo may also lose his job in the near future, “Le Parisien” has named Arsène Wenger’s name as a candidate for successor. 72-year-old Frenchman Wenger was at the helm of Arsenal FC from 1996 to 2018 and is still well connected to the world of football. So far there have been no confirmations of contacts between Wenger and PSG.