PSG are reportedly ready to sack Mauricio Pochettino following the end of the season, with reports indicating that Kylian Mbappe will be a deciding factor on who replaces the Argentine manager in the summer.
As per BBC Sport, the striker’s new three-year contract with the club gives Mbappe power at PSG almost no player has ever held at any top side, and it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if the attacker was a key instigator behind Pochettino’s sack.
With sporting director Leonardo also set for the chop, massive and exciting change is afoot at PSG this summer, though the big question still remains, who will replace Pochettino this summer following his sack from the club? Here at HITC Sport, we give five suggestions.
The heavy favourite according to reports to replace Pochettino is none other than Tottenham manager Antonio Conte, who is seemingly open to moving to PSG just a few months after taking the job at Spurs.
A manager who is huge on transfers and improving the squad from day one, Conte could be the perfect short-term fix at PSG if the club do in fact sack Pochettino, and the Italian would be a massive presence in the dressing room who could manage the likes of Neymar off the field.
Speaking of Neymar, no manager has arguably got the best out of the Brazilian than former FC Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, who was the mastermind behind the attacker’s incredible role with the La Liga side alongside Luis Suarez and Lionel Messi.
The trio are arguably the greatest attacking front-three in European club history, and with Enrique at the helm at PSG, the Spaniard could form another potent trident with Messi, Neymar and Mbappe, who could finally click under the current Spain national team manager.
Another manager who has been hotly tipped to replace Pochettino should he face the sack is former Real Madrid boss and France legend Zinedine Zidane, who is yet to return to management after his incredible two spells with Los Blancos.
Linked with numerous big jobs in football, Zidane could be the most realistic option to take over at PSG given his free-agent status and his track record in the UEFA Champions League, a competition the French club are desperate to win.
With three titles in Europe’s biggest tournament, Zidane could be the most sensible option to replace Pochettino this summer, with the former Madrid boss more likely than not ready for a big return to management at the highest stage.
A potential left-field option given his last and only venture into management, Andrea Pirlo has been out of the job since his single season as manager of Juventus, a shock appointment at the time that had the Italian going up against the odds in Turin.
A year on since leaving the club, the midfield legend could be primed for a return to the hot seat this summer, and PSG could be ideal for Pirlo given how much free-reign the former Biancheri boss will have in France. As a bonus, just think how good the PR would be if the suave Italian was to join, Nike would rake in millions.
If Pirlo was left-field, then suggesting Mikel Arteta is so far out of the park that it’s out of bounds. After all, the Arsenal manager has just signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners and is expected to lead the north London side next season after another huge summer of spending.
However, like Pochettino, Arteta is a former PSG player and won European silverware with the Ligue 1 side in his one year in Paris, and if the finances are in order and the project is an exciting one, the Arsenal boss could be swayed to return to France in the future.
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