According to Sky Sports, big spending French outfit PSG could make a summer move for former-Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho, with the clubs hierarchy believed to be frustrated by the clubs lack of progress in the Champions League.
The Parisians suffered a quarter-final Champions League defeat by Manchester City last week and it seems that boss Laurent Blanc could pay the price for the team’s failure.
The former-French international was criticised for a ‘tactical gamble’ by PSG chairman Nasser Al- Khelaifi after playing three at the back against City. Khelaifi is believed to be a friend of Mourinho’s and is also reported to have approached his agent Jorge Mendes about Mourinho taking the reins in Paris.
In-demand this summer
Mourinho is a wanted man this summer. The Portuguese boss has been heavily linked with taking over at Manchester United this summer, despite the club already having a manager in the shape of the grisly Louis van Gaal.
In truth though there are very few other jobs that Mourinho could take, especially as he has stated that he would like to return to the Premier League. A weekend report linking ‘the Special One’ with a move to Everton was a strange one indeed.
United still looks like Mourinho’s most likely destination this summer, but PSG may just provide an attractive option, as the Parisians have the financial resources to compete with every club in Europe. He would certainly be able to build a team with the riches available.
A very different challenge
Managing PSG would be a very different challenge to the one that Mourinho faced at Chelsea, Inter and Real Madrid. Those other leagues are relatively competitive, whereas the French top-flight is a one horse race, as perfectly displayed by PSG’s major lead at the top of Ligue One and the Parisians winning the title in super quick time.
The one big challenge for Mourinho in Paris would be to guide PSG to European success, which is easier said than done. The likes of Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Real Madrid are always there or thereabouts and then there is the likes of up-and-coming forces of Juventus and Atletico Madrid to take on.
In short PSG are going to find it highly difficult to win the Champions League and need somebody with the managerial nous and experience of Mourinho to have any chance of achieving that particular goal.
Even a Manchester City team struggling in the Premier League this season were able to out-manoeuvre the French champions. The fact that City knocked PSG out of the competition and not one of the European heavyweights is probably why they are looking at sacking Blanc, despite the 50-year-old having only recently signed a new two-year deal in the French capital.
Despite Mourinho’s second stint at Chelsea ending in a disastrous manner, he is still considered one of the best bosses in the game and a serial winner. The 53-year-old is also acknowledged as one of the most accomplished bosses’ in modern football history.
Mourinho the favourite to be the next Manchester United boss
Jose Mourinho is still the favourite to be the next Manchester United boss at odds of 1/ 2, but the PSG interested may pique his attention, in the unlikely event that Louis van Gaal stays at Old Trafford this summer.
The interest in Mourinho’s services is unsurprisingly considering the amount of silverware the Portuguese boss has won in his career.
PSG are attempting to be one of the biggest clubs in the world and Jose Mourinho is still one of the biggest managers in the world, so the interest is not a shock.
However, I suspect that PSG may not prove to successfully appointing the Portuguese boss this summer and that his future is more likely to lie in Manchester.
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