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5 coaches who could be Mauricio Pochettino’s ideal replacement at PSG

In the last decade, Paris Saint-Germain has evolved into one of the richest clubs in Europe. Since being acquired by Middle Eastern entrepreneurs, PSG has become a destination for many star-class players such as Kylian Mbappe, Neymar Jr., and Lionel Messi. After ruling in Ligue 1, their big ambition is to win the Champions League.

Unfortunately, a row of top coaches who were brought in such as Laurent Blanc, Carlo Ancelotti, Thomas Tuchel, to the latest Mauricio Pochettino have not been able to realize that dream. Now the pressure on Pochettno is very big with his star squad. If this season fails to return, it is not impossible that he will be removed. If that really happens, these top five coaches are considered worthy of being his replacement.

1. Erik ten Hag
Erik ten Hag is one of the most promising managers in Europe because of what he has done at Ajax. The Dutchman has won five trophies in just under four years with the Amsterdam side. This includes 2 Eredivisie titles and 2 Dutch Cups.

He was also the main figure as Ajax advanced to the semifinals of the 2019 Champions League by beating Real Madrid and Juventus. Erik ten Hag has made over 400 games in his managerial career with an impressive win rate of 63 per cent. Hence, PSG will prove to be a great next step for the Dutchman.

 

2. Joachim Low
One of the most successful national team coaches, Joachim Löw, has been out of position since Germany were knocked out of Euro 2020. Löw had a glorious 15-year career with Germany. He led Team Dynamite to the semifinals of every tournament in that period. However, he failed in the last two titles at the 2018 World Cup and Euro 2020.

Löw managed Germany in 197 games winning the 2014 World Cup and the Confederations Cup. With his experience dealing with star players in the German national team, it can be a qualified capital to handle PSG, which is filled with a row of star-class players such as Neymar Jr., Lionel Messi, and Sergio Ramos.

 

3. Roberto Martinez
The Spanish coach is another good choice for the French giants. Martinez has coached the Belgian National Team since 2016 and has taken them to new heights. With his golden generation squad, the coach led the Red Devils to third place at the 2020 World Cup for the first time in history.

Martinez has lost just five games in his five years in charge of Belgium. His experience in dealing with star players in a team makes him an ideal candidate to replace Pochettino. Not only that, his playing style is very attractive and attacking. A philosophy that is suitable for a club like PSG.

 

4. Antonio Conte
The Italian coach resigned as Inter Milan manager after winning the Scudetto. The club’s financial crisis was the reason Conte left his position at the club because it was difficult to get the players he needed. There is no denying that Antonio Conte is one of the best coaches at the moment.

Every club he manages has always won the domestic league, starting from Juventus, Chelsea, and Inter Milan. In total Conte has collected nine major titles in his managerial career. With a squad full of stars, Antonio Conte is considered to be a figure who can control the egos of his players.

5. Zinedine Zidane
The French coach is currently unemployed after stepping down as Real Madrid manager at the end of last season. His success with Real Madrid winning three Champions League trophies is a testament to his capacity. Zidane leads Real Madrid in over 250 games, with a win ratio of 62.5 percent.

He has won 11 trophies with Los Blancos, making him the second most successful manager in the club’s history. That’s all he achieved in just four seasons. With PSG’s big ambition to win the Champions League, Zidane is the best option.

The task of coaching PSG will not be an easy task. With a squad full of stars, the pressure on a coach will be even greater. Poor performance in just one game can be the target of media and fan criticism. It takes an experienced coach and a winning mentality to be able to bring greatness to PSG in Europe.