Wow! Who saw this one coming? Sevilla’s Unai Emery is on the cusp of being named the new Paris Saint-Germain coach to replace Laurent Blanc. Spanish daily MARCA revealed earlier that talks between both clubs are at an advanced stage and a settlement of just €2m looks to have been reached.
This story has been gathering momentum all day and its on the back of that revealing interview by Le Parisien with PSG President Nasser Al-Khelaifi last Friday. He stated with intent that there would be ‘big changes’ this summer and didn’t confirm or deny if Laurent Blanc would be in charge for next season.
That now looks to a formality with our most successful ever coach looking to be on the brink of being sacked. The defeat in Manchester in the quarter-final of the Champions League has ultimately sealed his fate. As I have said countless times over the past year, he would be judged on our performance in Europe. Had we made it past City into the last four, it may have spared him another season in the French capital. Then again, maybe not? But, football is a ruthless entity at times and despite leading us to domestic domination once again, the hierarchy at the club want more in the Champions League.
Our new man is no stranger to winning titles in Europe. He has just led Sevilla to a third successive Europea League title. It is unprecedented and in doing so has made the club the most successful team in the tournament with five titles. He is touted as one of Europe’s most wanted coaches and there was a whisper in the air that Real Madrid sounded him out if things were not to pan out well before their Champions League Final which they eventually won.
Emery, at only 44 years of age had a brief spell in Russia with Spartak Moscow in 2012. His time there was short lived but he has also managed the likes of Valencia, Almeria and Lorca Deportivo in his homeland.
I ran a poll on the 1970 PSG Twitter account asking fans if they felt Emery was the right man for the job at the Parc des Princes. 69% said yes!
Blanc – as it stands – is still the Parisian coach. However, that will more than likely change before the end of the week with Emery ready to step in and usher in a new era for the club without Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Plenty more to come on this over the coming days….