It would be ‘a mess’ if Mauricio Pochettino goes, but it’s unlikely he leaves now – Inside Europe
Manchester United want Mauricio Pochettino as their new boss, but can they get him? In order to find out more, Pete Sharland gets in touch with Maxime Dupuis from Eurosport France to learn more about Poch's situation in the French capital. Would he leave PSG to join the Old Trafford outfit, or is it all paper talk?
“But, today, I'm not sure that being at Manchester United is a better/safer, etc. job than being in Paris.”
It’s hard to argue with Dupuis although Solskjaer clearly had pretty good job security for a lengthy period of time despite not winning anything.
How would PSG feel about him leaving?
So what’s the reaction in Paris if Pochettino does go to United? It’s not exactly harmonious in Paris at the moment, so would there be joy?
“No. Not at all,” Dupuis says quickly.
If he leaves less than one year after his arrival, it would be a mess and a big problem for Leonardo, the sporting director.
“He didn't want to work with Tuchel anymore. Pochettino came. If he leaves, it means that the problem is not only on the field but also off it.
“And, in a way, this would give justification to Tuchel who explained that coaching PSG requires doing a lot of other things on the side - sort of like being a sports minister.”
Leonardo, le directeur sportif du PSG
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Again, that’s good news for the United fans. Pochettino is far from damaged goods and clearly is having a positive effect on the club, even if not everyone thinks so. PSG are just a difficult club to manage with all those egos.
However, it is worth pointing out that one problem could be that if PSG are reluctant to lose him then they may well fight harder and drag their heels in to keep him.
For reference Pochettino’s contract with PSG runs until 2023.
Who could replace him?
And what about a potential replacement? Could either Zinedine Zidane or Didier Deschamps be a possibility? Despite their Marseille connections?
“My personal feeling is that there is no chance for Zidane, who is waiting for the French national team,” says Dupuis.
“And for Deschamps, he won’t leave France until after the World Cup (for Zidane!) so he’s out for now.”