According to estimates from Le Parisien, the dismissal of the German technician should cost the Paris-SG € 7 million.
Here it is, it’s over … While we thought that the qualification (in pain) for the knockout stages of the Champions League had allowed him to save his head, Thomas Tuchel was fired the day after the last match in 2020, a victory against Strasbourg (4-0) at the Parc des Princes. The news is not yet confirmed, but it’s just like. A decision that will cost PSG dearly, whose finances are already largely impacted by the economic crisis during the Covid-19 period, not to mention the Mediapro crash. According to some sources, the capital club could lose up to € 200 million during the current season, after having already put aside more than € 100 million in the last financial year.
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And this was seen during the last transfer window, with the departure of several high-paid executives (Cavani, Thiago Silva) who were not really compensated, at least not of equal quality, and clever recruitments at lower cost (Florenzi, Kean, Danilo, Rafinha). Paris still spent around fifty million euros to record the final transfer of Mauro Icardi. Still, even Thomas Tuchel did not intend to rush into the stretchers to demand recruits this winter: “You know that the overall situation of football is special, not easy. So now is not the time to ask for things. But we can reflect, ”he said last Sunday in Lille.
Thomas Tuchel’s historic debut at Paris Saint-Germain
7.5 million euros annually
In this case, it will be another technician to “think” with Leonardo and the bosses of the reigning French champion, Mauricio Pochettino not to name him. And the room for maneuver will be all the more reduced as the departure of Tuchel will be expensive. Less than if he had intervened earlier in the season. Recruited in 2018 and extended in 2019, the 47-year-old German coach was still under contract until June 2021. The amount of his annual salary? It had gone from 5 to 7.5 M € during its extension, as reported by the daily The team at the time.
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And our colleagues from Parisian therefore took out the calculator to come to the conclusion that the dismissal of Tuchel will cost PSG € 7 million. The departure of the former Dortmund coach has indeed led to that of his main assistants Zsolt Löw and Arno Michels. Fitness trainer Rainer Schrey is also due to leave. To see if Pochettino wants to modify the staff even more in depth on his arrival… In the meantime, it is a sum which is not trivial whereas Paris was already, according to various sources, in the obligation to sell for approximately 60 M € by the end of the season. Obviously, this is not commensurate with the cost of the dismissal of Laurent Blanc in 2016, a few months after his extension: € 22 million.
Nevertheless, in view of the financial implications, we say to ourselves that the choice of Leonardo must have been carefully considered, and especially that the desire to separate from Thomas Tuchel was (very) deep. The prospect of installing a coach of the caliber of Mauricio Pochettino must also have helped.