Jose Mourinho is linked with the Paris Saint-Germain position while Mauricio Pochettino’s days seem to be numbered.
Having missed out on the Manchester United job, with the Reds moving instead in favor of Erik ten Hag, Pochettino now appears to be out of a job this summer. Although United were still looking for their new manager, it seemed likely that PSG would do without the services of the former Tottenham boss.
Reports are now reaching fever pitch and suggest it could be days before Pochettino is sacked, despite winning the Ligue 1 title just weeks ago. And a familiar face could be in line to succeed him in the French capital.
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Former United boss Mourinho is being touted as the man to replace Pochettino again – having done so at Spurs in 2019. PSG are hoping he can be the man to finally achieve the European success they dream so desperately.
Many managers have tried and failed to bring the Champions League back to Paris, and if recent reports are to be believed, the French champions are hoping Mourinho will finally be the man to end that wait. The Portuguese’s record in Europe speaks for itself, having added another piece of gold this year after leading Roma to the inaugural Europa Conference League crown.
The victory saw the 59-year-old claim a fifth European honour, having also won the Champions League at Porto and Inter Milan, as well as the Europa League during his time at United. If he has to move to Paris, he might have to clear things up with Lionel Messi first.
Mourinho, of course, managed Messi’s arch-rival Cristiano Ronaldo during his tenure at Real Madrid. And when it comes to two of the greatest players of all time, the former United boss believes there is a clear winner.
“It’s harder to be Cristiano than Messi,” Mourinho told A Bola in 2012. “Messi grew up in the team he plays, with the players he plays with. Not Cristiano. He was in England, then they put it here. [Madrid] on a losing team. He has had to grow over the past two years with this team that is forming.
He added: “When someone with the same responsibility as me comes out and says, ‘Mine is the best on the planet’, I have to say, ‘Mine wasn’t born in Madeira, he was born on Mars. ; he is no planet earth, he is the best in the universe. If Messi is the best on the planet, Ronaldo is the best in the universe.”
The good news for Messi is that Mourinho may not be as determined to move to PSG as some might suggest. Reports in Italy claim he will snub any approach from the French club, having declared his intention to stay at Roma this summer.
“Now I’m staying, there’s no doubt. Even if some rumors emerge, I only want to stay at Roma,” Mourinho said earlier this month.
“We have to understand what our owners, who are fantastic people, want to do next season, because that’s history. But we can build a really solid project with honest professionals. We have to sit down and understand what is the plan for next season.”
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