OFFICIAL: PSG sacks Mauricio Pochettino just months after leading them to Ligue-1 title


OFFICIAL: PSG sacks Mauricio Pochettino just months after leading them to Ligue-1 title

Mauricio Pochettino has been sacked as Paris Saint-Germain manager just months after guiding the team to the Ligue 1 title, sources have told ESPN.

The club is yet to announce the departure of Mauricio Pochettino, but according to ESPN, it was agreed on Wednesday morning. Mauricio Pochettino had one year left on his contract. PSG are still trying to secure the signing of their new boss. Christophe Galtier, the Nice manager, is now the front-runner and the favorite of new sporting director Luis Campos, who replaced Leonardo.

The 50-year-old Mauricio Pochettino, who only took charge 18 months ago, finished 15 points clear at the top as he led them to the Ligue 1 title in his first full season at the helm.

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What is next for PSG after sacking Mauricio Pochettino?

Mauricio Pochettino signs contract
Pochettino at PSG

It has now been reported that Nice head coach Christophe Galtier is the favourite to replace ex-Tottenham man Mauricio Pochettino after Luis Campos replaced Leonardo as sporting director.

According to ESPN, the discussions are positive and Galtier, who won the Ligue 1 title ahead of PSG with Lille, in 2021, is keen on the job.

Zinedine Zidane was the priority of the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, who owns PSG and has been close to Zidane for many years.

Is Zidane coming to PSG?

Zidane has been without a club since leaving Real Madrid in the summer of 2021, but sources have told ESPN that he wants to coach the France national team after Didier Deschamps leaves and is unlikely to be the new PSG boss. Julen Lopetegui, the Sevilla coach, has also been offered, while Marcelo Gallardo of River Plate and Sporting’s Ruben Amorim are other names on the shortlist.

After Kylian Mbappe dramatically snubbed Madrid to sign a new three-year-contract with the French champions, PSG have made numerous changes in senior roles. ESPN says one of the key points in Mbappe’s discussions with PSG centered around Leonardo, with whom he had an uneasy relationship.

In one of the many rounds of talks held with the PSG hierarchy, Mbappe said he was not keen on Leonardo as the club’s sporting director next season and identified transfer guru Campos as an alternative.

Leonardo during Messi’s presentation

Campos, 57, was at Monaco when Mbappe burst onto the scene and won the Ligue 1 title in 2017, as well as reaching the Champions League semifinals. Campos has a reputation for unearthing top talent and securing large transfer fees for hidden gems, with Mbappe one of many notable successes.

It looks like Zidane will now be the new PSG boss and if it were upto me as the PSG boss, i would make that Zidane came to Paris.

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