Paris Saint-Germain are close to finalizing the departure of head coach Mauricio Pochettino.
The former Tottenham and Southampton boss leaves after leading PSG to the French title, winning by 15 points – the biggest margin for a title-winning side in the top five leagues.
But in the end, it was PSG’s latest capitulation in the Champions League, the competition Qatari owners dream of so much, that cost Pochettino his job.
PSG led 2-0 on aggregate with just 45 minutes remaining in their last-16 game against Real Madrid, but were undone by a 17-minute second-half hat-trick from Karim Benzema.
Pochettino was able to guide PSG to the semi-finals the previous season, becoming only the second manager in the club’s history to do so under current ownership, but they were eliminated by Manchester City.
Manchester United considered Pochettino for the managerial post vacated by interim Ralf Rangnick at the end of the season, but instead opted to sign Erik ten Hag from Ajax.
How did the former managers cope 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 Champions League runner-up (2022)
Unai Emery – 1x Europa League finalist (2019), 1x Europa League (2021), 1x Champions League semi-finalist (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 Club World Cup FIFA (2021)