PSG ‘have drawn up a nine-man shortlist including Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Tottenham manager Antonio Conte’ to replace Manchester United target Mauricio Pochettino this summer after failing to win the Champions League
- PSG have drawn up a nine-man shortlist to replace boss Mauricio Pochettino
- Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Tottenham’s Antonio Conte included on the list
- Erik ten Hag, Diego Simeone, and Zinedine Zidane are among other targets
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta and Tottenham’s Antonio Conte are surprisingly among a nine-man shortlist drawn up by Paris Saint-Germain to replace Mauricio Pochettino.
The Argentine is likely to remain in his role at the Parc des Princes until the end of the campaign but is widely expected to exit in the summer.
PSG were eliminated in the last-16 of the Champions League following a 3-2 defeat on aggregate to Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta (left) and Tottenham’s Antonio Conte (right) among a nine-man shortlist drawn up by Paris Saint-Germain to replace Mauricio Pochettino
The French side won the first leg 1-0 and also took an early lead in the second-leg before a quick-fire hat-trick from Karim Benzema sent them packing.
It was another huge failure for PSG who are desperately looking to win the Champions League and have been since their big takeover back in 2011.
Fans have graffitied the club’s training centre as frustration over their Champions League exit continues to boil over.
Messages were mainly targeted at Lionel Messi and Nasser Al-Khelaifi with insults and calls for them to leave in the fallout from their latest miserable Champions League exit
Since their embarrassing collapse against Real Madrid last week, supporters have turned against a number of their top stars, including Lionel Messi.
The Argentine superstar was booed during their 3-0 victory over Bordeaux on Sunday, while Neymar was also targeted with whistles after he scored during the match.
The booing from the supporters came just a day after they called for president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to resign, as they called for change among the directors.
It is unlikely any change will happen at that level, but it looks almost certain that Manchester United target Pochettino is set to depart.
PSG boss Mauricio Pochettino (pictured) looks set to depart this summer after failing to win the Champions League
Pochettino’s side, however, remain 15 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, but their failings in the Champions League, and performances have not impressed the fans or the board.
PSG’s shortlist for Pochettino’s successor include Spurs boss Conte and the Gunners’ Arteta, according to L’Equipe.
Arteta is a more a left-field option, but his work with the north London side has not gone unnoticed, although a top four finish for the Gunners would make it a tough task to prize the Spaniard away from the Emirates.
The French giants have been long-time admirers of former French international Zinedine Zidane
PSG have long been admirers of former Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, but it seems unlikely he would be interested in the role.
Juventus’ Massimiliano Allegri, Ajax’s Erik ten Hag, Atletico Madrid’s Diego Simeone, Inter Milan’s Simone Inzaghi and Spezia boss Thiago Motta also reported to be on the shortlist.
It is a tough job for whoever takes over as the French giants expect instant success and that isn’t just in the league as they want to win the Champions League and have splashed the cash in recent years in order to achieve that goal.