Former United And City Managers In Race For PSG Job

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Defending champions Paris Saint-Germain were handed their fourth defeat in Ligue 1 this season, losing 2-1 to Guingamp in what was another blow that intensified the pressure on manager Unai Emery.

According to the leading football show in France, Telefoot, PSG are considering other managerial options, as they are planning to axe Emery.

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal, former Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini, and former England manager Fabio Capello are the three big names linked to the high-profile Paris job.

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The French giants’ defensive weaknesses were once again exposed as Guingamp struck twice in quick succession midway through the second half.

After forward Yannis Salibur gave his side the lead in 66th minute, midfielder Nill De Pauw hammered the second four minutes later.

PSG sacked Laurent Blanc last summer and replaced him with former Sevilla boss Unai Emery, whose reputation was, at that time, at its highest point thanks to his Sevilla side winning its third straight Europa League title.

Since then, the Spanish outfit has secured a Champions League last-16 berth, but its league form has suffered considerably.

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There are several factors which can be pointed at for PSG’s demise, like Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s departure, but Emery can’t deny the fact that he is under the gun.

PSG have so far bagged only one point from their last three league fixtures, and managed to win only one of their past five overall – a midweek cup victory against Lille – and Emery is certainly finding it hard to impose his methods after replacing Blanc last summer.

With just one match left before the winter break, PSG have already lost twice as many league fixtures as they did last term, when they were unbeaten in the league until 28th February, won the league by a record 31 points, and netted 102 goals for an unbelievable goal difference of +83.

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