Gone are the long and wishful reigns of Sir Alex Ferguson, who was kept by his club through thick and thin and defined entire eras. Now, managers are proving to be increasingly removable should the desired effects not make a showing immediately, and it certainly appears that one European giant is seeking to do just that going into the middle of the season.
As per an exclusive report by Yahoo UK, PSG are all set to show manager Unai Emery the back door just before the winter transfer window commences. It is believed that Emery’s incapability to diffuse the tension within his squad and handle the players is the reason behind the possibility.
The same source revealed a figure within the Qatari-backed club to have said: “The coach is having many problems handling the team. He is not getting the players’ respect.”
Further, it is understood that the plan of action is being devised by sporting director Antero Henrique in a bid to ascertain the French side’s position. This has led many to speculate that a direct message is being sent to Jose Mourinho over the availability of the top spot.
In addition, Chelsea’s Antonio Conte too, is believed to be in the running should the sack occur. However, it is established from prior precedent that Mourinho is Antero’s primary option, with the club apparently desiring the services of the Portuguese manager on three separate occasions.
In all fairness, Emery must consider himself to be extremely fortunate to have survived this far. Last season, the club, under his helm, saw a comfortable first leg 4-0 advantage being robbed by Barcelona in the UEFA Champions League. To add insult to injury, even domestically, they were bettered by AS Monaco, who emerged superior to bag the Ligue 1 title.
Those shortcomings were attributed to lack of adequate talent. However, now that the side has landed the likes of big money talents of Neymar and Mbappe, no excuses can be made. In fact, the fact that a poor rapport might exist between the manager and these high profile players is indeed an subject of worry.
It will be crucial to see whether or not PSG go ahead with their plans midway through the season, and more importantly, what precisely will be the domino effect of the action.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.