French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have officially announced the sacking of their head coach Mauricio Pochettino after 18 months in charge of one of the best squads in the world.
Paris Saint-Germain sacked the former Tottenham Hotspur boss as they look to rebuild their team ahead of next season after Kylian Mbappe renewed his contract with them.
Recall that Mbappe has been a top target for Spanish giants Real Madrid but he snubbed them in a shocking decision to renew his contract with PSG.
Paris Saint-Germain confirm that Mauricio Pochettino has ended his role at the Club.— Paris Saint-Germain (@PSG_English) July 5, 2022
The Club would like to thank Mauricio Pochettino and his staff for their work and wish them the best for the future. pic.twitter.com/Y7ef0qVLVh
Now, the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino has shown that PSG are serious about winning the Champions League next season as they have also sacked their sporting director Leonardo.
Paris Saint-Germain’s new sporting director Luis Campos likes OGC Nice manager Christopher Galtier and he’s set to be announced as the new PSG coach.
What led to the sacking of Mauricio Pochettino?
Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly paid Mauricio Pochettino and his coaching staff which includes Miguel d’Agostino, Jesus Perez, Sebastian Pochettino and Toni Jimenez the sum of €15 million as compensation.
However, PSG executives didn’t reveal why they sacked the Argentinian but his failure to win the UEFA Champions League is one of the reasons behind the decision.
Pochettino was given one of the best squads with the likes of Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr, and Sergio Ramos only to end up in the Champions League last 16.
The Argentinian also won the Coupe de France in the 2020-2021 season after taking over mid-season from Thomas Tuchel but lost the Ligue 1 title to Lille in the same season. He finally helped PSG to win Ligue 1 in the 2021-2022 season.
However, his domestic success was not enough to secure his job with Paris Saint-Germain ahead of the next season.
Did Messi and Mbappe influence Mauricio Pochettino’s exit?
Kylian Mbappe’s new contract with Paris Saint-Germain which placed him as the highest-paid footballer in the world has brought a lot of rumors. Some sources have revealed that the Frenchman now has the power to make decisions in the club which includes forcing the coach out but he denied such claims.
Pochettino was once slammed for removing Lionel Messi during a Ligue 1 game against Lyon and the seven times Ballon d’Or winner was not happy with the substitution. Maybe Paris Saint-Germain are searching for a new manager who will always treat Messi right and allow him to play in every game.
Meanwhile, former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane was once linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain but it’s now obvious that he won’t join them this summer as Christopher Galtier prepares to take over from Mauricio Pochettino in the coming hours.