Paris Saint-Germain continue to underachieve in the Champions League after being bundled out by Real Madrid this week. It was a tough tie, but the Parisiens have yet to progress past the quarter final stage since the Qatari takeover, one example coming in 2015/16 when Manchester City knocked them out to reach the semi-finals.
Their latest failure comes after the high-profile signings of Neymar (who missed the second leg through injury) and Kylian Mbappé, who was high on City’s own list of transfer targets.
And now it is a question of when, not if head coach Unai Emery is given the boot and replaced by a more high profile option.
The Ligue 1 giants have drawn up a five-man shortlist according to the reliable RMC Sport in France, and that includes three Premier League managers – including City’s Pep Guardiola.
Blues should not worry too much as RMC are quick to point out that Guardiola is very much the ‘dream option’, and with him being happy in Manchester and poised to renew his contract, it would be a big surprise if he was to move to the Parc des Princes next season.
The most serious option is Tottenham’s Mauricio Pochettino, who like PSG – but with fewer resources – saw his team go out of the Champions League this week as Juventus staged a remarkable comeback at Wembley. Pochettino is said to have already confided his dream to coach PSG, where he spent a couple of years as a player from 2001 to 2003.
Luis Enrique, the unemployed former Barcelona manager linked with Chelsea, is the second most serious option. He is very popular with the Brazilians who have worked with him before, Neymar and Dani Alves.
Chelsea manager Antonio Conte is also on the shortlist, and while he looks set to leave Stamford Bridge in the summer, a return to the Italian national post appears more likely for him.
And finally, former Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti is another name circulating, but his previous reign at the club didn’t end well and he may be a last resort.
As for Pep, a spell at PSG may appeal to him at some point, but right now appears to be pure fantasy with his Manchester City adventure poised to continue for at least three more seasons after this one if his contract extension is signed.
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