Mauricio Pochettino won’t be at PSG next season, that is for certain.
That statement was inspired by results from a meeting between Pochettino and the club last week. The outcome of that was pretty much mutual. Everyone agreed that now was the right time for Pochettino to move on.
The final details of that departure are being finalised and that could go on for a few days, possibly a week. He won that all-important trophy – it was something that was thrown at him as Spurs manager.
He won the French title and did that by 15 points. It was the largest margin in any of the top five leagues, but it’s a very political club, with a lot of high earners.
If you look at the calibre of players you get to work with at PSG, there have been fewer more exciting collections of footballers assembled at one club in the entire history of the game.
There can’t be many managers who wouldn’t want an opportunity to work with Mbappe, Messi, Neymar, Verratti and many others.
If you look at the profile of coaches that have left PSG in recent years, or have been deemed to have failed, all of them have gone on to achieve impressive things since leaving.
It suggests PSG is a very difficult club to manage. There are lots of voices competing for influence behind the scenes and whoever comes in to replace Pochettino is going to have to deal with that and hope it doesn’t undermine things.