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PSG appoint Unai Emery as new boss

PSG appoint Unai Emery as new boss

28/06/2016 at 15:57Updated 28/06/2016 at 23:56

Paris Saint-Germain have named former Sevilla manager Unai Emery as their new boss.

Emery was one of Europe’s most sought-after managers after he guided Sevilla to three successive Europa League titles, and he will now be tasked with ending PSG’s hunt for a Champions League crown.

The 44-year-old has signed a two-year deal at Parc des Princes.

“The club has become one of the biggest in Europe over the past few seasons and I am both happy and honoured to be able to help realise its great ambitions,” Emery told the club’s official website.

“I am eager to meet up with my new players as well as the people who work tirelessly every day to help the club grow.

" I know that an immense fervour exists around the Paris Saint-Germain and I will be giving my best to ensure its millions of fans have a great deal to cheer about."

Emery was succeeded by former Chile boss Jorge Sampaoli at the Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan Stadium after it became apparent he would take the reins at PSG.

Laurent Blanc departed the French champions on Monday, despite winning three straight Ligue 1 titles.

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OUR VIEW

Can you actually succeed at PSG?

Multiple Ligue 1 titles and Champions League quarter-finals weren’t enough for Laurent Blanc. They won’t be enough for Unai Emery, either. The fact he’s signed a two-year deal is a clear message from the owners: ‘this is not a long-term project, you have two attempts to win the Champions League’.

However, a problem arises when you’re vastly superior to the rest of your domestic league. Regardless of how much money you can offer, some players simply won’t want to get involved when your season is judged on a handful of matches in Europe. Currently, their squad is not as strong as Real Madrid, Barcelona or Bayern Munich – and they may fail to persuade those who could make a difference to join their French revolution.

So while most neutrals would view another Ligue 1 title and a semi-final run in Europe's elite competition as a success, it appears the owners want more. It probably isn’t attainable.

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