Next PSG coach, Mauricio Pochettino was not the favorite of the short-list drawn up by Leonardo and the Parisian staff.
It is now a certainty: the Neymar, Mbappé and others will be led by Mauricio Pochettino when the start of January resumes. Thomas Tuchel himself has reached an agreement to terminate the contract with the PSG management team, and the officialization of the news is only a matter of hours. The outcome of discussions that started almost two months ago. At a time when the Argentinian was far from being the favorite to take a seat on the Parisian bench.
In the eyes of Leonardo, the suitable technician to carry out the European quest of PSG has always been Massimiliano Allegri – the former coach of AC Milan and Juventus winner of six Scudetti, four Italian Cups, three Supercups and unhappy Champions League finalist twice, in 2015 and 2017 with the Bianconeri. Only the salary claims of the latter – no less than 12 million euros per year – cooled Parisian enthusiasm to Qatar.
A decisive interview in Doha
The temptation Thiago Motta, a candidate who had just graduated and credited with a mixed experience at the head of Genoa, then appeared but was quickly shattered in the face of the persuasive force of a Mauricio Pochettino invited to Doha itself. According to Le Parisien, it is this interview held in the heart of the autumn – a good month and a half before the ousting of Thomas Tuchel, therefore – which got the better of the certainties of the Brazilian sporting director of PSG and sealed the choice of the Qatari Emir. ” In front of the ultimate boss, (Pochettino) seduces and makes a strong impression. His vision of the game, football, players, everything goes and the Argentinian signs a faultless, successfully exposing his convictions. […] (He) successfully passed his job interview “, Can we read this Monday in the pages of the aforementioned daily.
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