It is very possible that Paris Saint-Germain could sack Mauricio Pochettino after just six months as coach this summer, talkSPORT has been told.
Tony Cascarino, who spent six years playing in France, said the former Tottenham boss would be in guillotine danger if PSG gave up the Ligue 1 title in Lille – saying it would be ‘like losing Man City the Premier League title against Sunderland ”.
Pochettino wasn’t named PSG boss until January, and quickly lifted the first piece of silverware of his coaching career after guiding the Parisian giants to the Trophee des Champions – the French Super Cup.
But things haven’t gone as planned for the Argentine since. PSG, after losing last season’s final, came out of the Champions League after being outclassed in two matches by Manchester City in the semi-finals, and are also currently lagging behind in the Ligue 1 title race. .
It comes down to the wire of the French elite, as Lille are currently three points ahead of PSG with two games to go, although the reigning champions have one game in hand.
It would be a huge shock for Lille to lift the trophy, says Cascarino, who explains that the team are not even the best club in their region of north-eastern France – comparing them to Sunderland.
Pochettino’s side still have a chance to lift the Coupe de France, with a semi-final against Montpellier this month.
But losing the title – which PSG have dominated for the best part of the decade – in its debut season, plus its failure in the Champions League, could see the French giants do the unthinkable and pull the trigger just a few months away. after the reign of Pochettino.
“If they don’t win the league and they’ve been knocked out of the Champions League like they did, 4-1 out of two games, PSG are very capable of sacking Pochettino,” said Cascarino, the host of the Weekend Sports Breakfast.
“They are doing what Roman Abramovich and Chelsea are doing. You think they’re not going to do it, it seems like a ridiculous decision, but then they are going to do it.
“There have been other managers at PSG who have won things and been sacked, so don’t be surprised if poch gets sacked at PSG… especially if Lille wins the championship.
“Lille winning Ligue 1 is worse than Leicester winning the Premier League, it’s a much inferior team. Lille are the second biggest team in their region, RC Lens is a much bigger club in the north-east of France.
“It’s like Sunderland wins the league against Man City. Sorry Sunderland fans if I upset you, but this is the best comparison.
“It would be a huge shock for the French Premier League if Lille won the title. Other clubs have done it, of course, Montpellier did it a few years ago, but the budget is not comparable to that of PSG.
“Pochettino has only been here since January, but PSG have lost seven games during that time.
“OK, two were against Manchester City and one against Bayern Munich, but he could easily lose his job. PSG were quite comfortably second in the two matches against City.
“He was asked to do what Thomas Tuchel was asked to do: continue to win the league and bring them closer to victory in the Champions League. Pochettino couldn’t do either!
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