French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain are still in search of a coach to replace Argentinian Mauricio Pochettino who is most likely to leave the club this summer. The French Ligue 1 giants have reached out to Nice head coach Christopher Galtier over a possible move to the club as their new manager.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly close to reaching an agreement on personal terms with Christopher Galtier.
Futballnews has reported that PSG boards have already told Mauricio Pochettino that he won’t be with the club next season. Pochettino joined Paris Saint-Germain last summer months after Tottenham Hotspur sacked him due to a poor run of games.
In the just-concluded 2021-2022 season, the Argentine tactician helped PSG to reclaim the Ligue 1 title. But PSG’s failure in the Champions League won’t qualify him to remain at the club any longer.
Note that ahead of the 2021-2022 season, PSG gave Mauricio Pochettino the most star-studded team in Europe which was made up of Lionel Messi, Neymar Jr, Kylian Mbappe, Di Maria, and Sergio Ramos. But the Ligue 1 champions were knocked out of the UEFA Champions League competition by Real Madrid in the round of 16.
In the round, PSG had gone up 2-0 in aggregate but bottled the lead by crashing out of the competition 3-2 on aggregate.
As it stands, PSG are seriously in search of a European title and they need a new manager to help them achieve that next season.
Several names have been shortlisted as potential successors, but it now appears that PSG is willing to go for the man who helped Lille to win the French Ligue 1 ahead of PSG in the 2020-2021 season. But PSG must reach an agreement with his current club on a release clause before they can seal the deal.
While coach Christopher Galtier is apparently on vacation with PSG football director Luis Campos, the Parisians still have work to do to get their man – notably, agreeing to part ways with their current boss and reaching a deal with Nice to grab their top target.
Pochettino’s departure, which has been rumored throughout the season and appears to be a foregone conclusion since the club’s dramatic Champions League defeat to Real Madrid, still needs to be formalized, with a compensation package in place.
Similarly, PSG must reach an agreement with Nice for compensation for Galtier, who, although leading Nice to a fifth-place finish in Ligue 1 this season, may have seen his value improve for winning the title the previous season.
Former Real Madrid manager and France hero Zinedine Zidane had been considered one of the leading contenders to succeed Pochettino before Galtier surfaced as a possible candidate. However, with those discussions stalled, Galtier may be able to take over the top spot.
Zinedine Zidane has not gone back to coaching after he left Real Madrid but a tempting offer from PSG might get him back to business next season.