French champions Paris Saint Germain are set to get a new coach in the coming season as current coach Laurent Blanc is expected to leave the club this week.
The manager’s agent Jean-Pierre Bernes told French radio station Europe 1, that the coach would leave the club. Blanc has won the domestic treble in each of his last two seasons with PSG, having won the French Ligue 1 crown in all three campaigns of his tenure.
Blanc, who is 50 years old, signed a new two-year contract extension in February but his spell at Parc des Princes is now set to end. Bernes said:
“We’re in discussions with PSG directors and it’s being done in an excellent atmosphere from both sides. Simply put, there are rules that need to be respected to end a contract and PSG are respecting those.”
The reason behind the sack is speculated as the limitations in Europe. The likely replacement for Blanc is Unai Emery. Emery departed Sevilla after leading the Spanish side to three straight Europa League titles. The club believes with more funds and better players, Emery would be able to get PSG to a farther place in the European tournament.
Emery, who has managed other clubs that include Valencia, Spartak Moscow and Almeria, told his club of the intention to terminate his current deal last week. Since then the Spanish media has been rife with speculations that the coach has received an offer from the French champions that is too good to refuse.
PSG will have to pay off the final two years of Blanc’s contract which is reportedly worth around £15m to release the French tactician. Blanc has failed to progress beyond the Champions League quarter-finals and the club hopes Emery will be able to do the trick. Qatari club owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi hinted earlier this month that Blanc’s time was up. He was by Le Parisien newspaper after being eliminated from Europe by Manchester City. He reportedly said:
“The players, the coach, the management, we need turnover, a new cycle. This elimination is the worst moment since I came to Paris.”