Paris Saint-Germain Has Fired Manager Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino in 2019
Mauricio Pochettino in 2019. Photo by Nigel Keene/ProSports/REX/Shutterstock

Winning the Ligue 1 title with 15 points advantage didn’t help Mauricio Pochettino to keep his job as Paris Saint-Germain manager. According to multiple reports, the French club has decided to fire Pochettino and enter the 2022-23 season with a new face on the bench.

PSG has been rumored to go in this direction in the past several weeks, but the final decision was only made on Wednesday morning, according to Julien Laurens of ESPN. However, the Ligue 1 side still hasn’t decided on Pochettino’s successor and has several names on the list.

The hiring process is expected to be led by new sporting director Luis Campos. Sources close to the club say Campos’ favorite is Christophe Galtier, who did a great job with Lille and Nice in recent years. However, the club’s brass is still hoping Zinedine Zidane changes his mind and considers taking the job.

Mauricio Pochettino, who played in Paris in the early 2000s, took over as Paris Saint-Germain boss from Thomas Tuchel midway through the 2020-21 season. Under Pochettino, PSG won Coupe de France but failed to make up the lost ground in the domestic league title race.

Things looked a lot better in Ligue 1 this past season, as PSG comfortably regained the title with just four losses throughout the campaign. However, they once again failed to make a mark in the UEFA Champions League, where they were eliminated by Real Madrid in the Round of 16 despite having a lead after the first leg. The UCL failure was the thing that most likely sealed Pochettino’s fate.

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