The Argentine tactician is currently under intense pressure to deliver.
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) have evolved from a club that also filled the places in the Ligue 1 to one of the biggest clubs in the world. The club from the French capital has some of the best players in the world on its books. It is evident that expectations are sky-high when it comes to Les Parisiens. While PSG have achieved outstanding success since the takeover by the QSI (Qatar Sports Investments) Group, the UEFA Champions League trophy has still eluded them and manager Mauricio Pochettino.
Therefore, the pressure on the current squad and manager is immense, especially the latter. Pochettino undoubtedly has the best opportunity to win the trophy which he came so close to winning in 2019. Failing to win the Champions League this season could also see him face the axe.
In the case where Mauricio Pochettino might be sacked, there are plenty of names still in the mix who could take over and manage the club. Here are five managers who would be an able replacement for Mauricio Pochettino at PSG.
5. Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag is among the most promising managers in Europe owing to his time at Ajax. The Dutchman has already won five trophies in just under four years with the Amsterdam outfit. This includes two Eredivisie titles and two Dutch Cups.
He also spearheaded Ajax’s dream run to the semifinals of the Champions League in 2019. But Ajax crashed out heartbreakingly against Tottenham Hotspur and Mauricio Pochettino. Erik has managed more than 400 games in his managerial career with an impressive win rate of 63%. Therefore, PSG would prove to be a great next step for the Dutchman.
4. Roberto Martinez
The Spaniard is another great option for the French giants. Martinez has been coaching the Belgium National Team since 2016 and has taken them to even greater heights.
Armed with the golden generation of Belgian football, Martinez took the Red Devils to the semifinals of the 2018 FIFA World Cup. They eventually finished third in the World Cup, the country’s best-ever achievement in the competition. He also took them to the #1 spot in the FIFA World Rankings, a spot that Belgium occupied till February 2021.
Martinez has lost only five games in his five years with Belgium. The Spaniard has experience in managing big players and could be an ideal candidate bringing his experience and attacking ingenuity to the team.
3. Joachim Löw
The most high profile national team coach ever, Joachim Löw has been out of management since the end of Germany’s Euro 2020 campaign. Löw had a glittering 15-year career with Germany. He led Die Mannschaft to the semifinals of each and every tournament in that period apart from the last two.
Löw managed Germany for 197 games and won the FIFA World Cup and the Confederations Cup. Like Martinez, Löw has experience of handling big players and playing at the biggest stages. He is also one of the most well-respected managers in the game. Therefore, he would definitely be a fantastic replacement for Mauricio Pochettino in PSG’s dugout.
2. Antonio Conte
The Italian tactician resigned as the Inter Milan manager which brought an acrimonious end to his successful two-year stint at the helm of the Nerazzurri. The vociferous Italian has won nine trophies in his managerial career so far.
His time at Inter clearly shows his managerial credentials. Conte might also not face a problem with transfers considering the PSG owners’ bottomless pit of funds. Therefore, his tactical ingenuity and passion could bring the best out of the PSG players and drive them towards greater success.
1. Zinedine Zidane
The Frenchman is currently without a club after resigning as the manager of Real Madrid at the end of last season. His success with Real Madrid speaks for itself. Zidane managed Madrid for more than 250 games, with a winning ratio of 62.5%.
He won 11 trophies with Los Blancos, the second-most successful manager in the club’s history. Zidane achieved all this inside just four seasons while managing some of the biggest players and egos in arguably the world’s most demanding club. Zidane would be a perfect fit for PSG’s Champions League hopes having won three of it consecutively as manager of Real Madrid.
And who knows, Zidane’s arrival to replace Mauricio Pochettino could also prompt Kylian Mbappe to stay despite the winger steadfast on moving to Zidane’s previous club where he was in charge.