Paris Saint-Germain is close to finalizing the departure of coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The former Tottenham and Southampton manager leaves after leading PSG to the French title, winning by 15 points – the biggest difference of a title-winning team in the top five leagues.
But in the end, it was PSG’s last capitulation in the Champions League, a competition that Qatari owners dream of so much, that cost Pochettino his job.
PSG led 2-0 in total with only 45 minutes remaining in the last 16 match against Real Madrid, but were devalued with a hat-trick in the second half of 17 minutes by Karim Benzema.
Pochettino was able to lead PSG in the semi-finals last season, becoming only the second coach in the history of the club to do so under current ownership, but they were eliminated by Manchester City.
Manchester United considered Pochettino for the managerial post vacated by Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season, but instead chose to sign Erik ten Hag from Ajax.
How did the former leaders manage after PSG?
Carlo Ancelotti – 1x King’s Cup (2014), 1x Champions League (2014), 1x Super Cup (2014), FIFA Club World Cup (2014), 1x Bundesliga (2017), 1x La Liga (2022), 1x League runners-up of Champions (2022)
Unai Emery – 1 time finalist of Europa League (2019), 1 time Europa League (2021), 1 time semi-finalist of Champions League (2022)
Thomas Tuché – 1x Champions League (2021), 1x Super Cup (2021), 1x UEFA Men’s Coach of the Year (2021), 1x FIFA Best Football Manager (2021), 1x FIFA FIFA Club World Cup (2021)