Mauricio Pochettino: PSG managers since 2011 takeover ranked

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With a pressure to win the Champions League that only increases season after season, the manager’s job at Paris Saint-Germain feels like somewhat of a poisoned chalice.

Mauricio Pochettino is currently learning the hard way. Taking the reigns in December 2020, salvaging their 2020/21 campaign was unlikely, but their 2021/22 season hasn’t been much to rave about either.

Having been dumped out of the Champions League in the Round of 16 by Real Madrid, winning Ligue 1 doesn’t look to have kept the Argentine’s position secure at PSG, especially considering they also crashed out of the Coupe de France and lost the Trophee des Champions at the beginning of the season.

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Having been tasked with integrating Lionel Messi into an already eye-wateringly talented squad of players, alongside dealing with rumours surrounding Kylian Mbappe’s future, Pochettino has had a tough job of maintaining harmony among Les Parisiens.

Despite clinching the title with four games to play, reports in France (via Get French Football News) state that Pochettino is set to lose his job imminently.

It’s a tough old gig, in Paris, with owners Qatar Sports Investments (QSi) dead set on achieving European glory at all costs. We at GIVEMESPORT have decided to bring order to the force and rank each manager’s tenure in the French capital, since that 2011 takeover.

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6. Antoine Kombouare (2009-2011)

Taking charge in 2009, Antoine Kombouare probably didn’t have much of a leg to stand on in 2011 as the new owners came in and looked towards revamping their prized asset. Crashing out of the Europa League and the Coupe de France before the year was out saw him relieved of his duties in December 2011, despite being sat top of the Ligue 1 table at the time.

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5. Mauricio Pochettino (2020-)

While Pochettino has disappointed in every other venture outside of Ligue 1 – where he has brought the title back to Paris after a season’s hiatus – he has also had the job of managing the weight of expectation that comes with owning a front three of Kylian Mbappe, Neymar and Lionel Messi. Sounds straightforward, but the reality is the opposite. He could lose his job after just one full season in charge.

4. Carlo Ancelotti (2011-2013)

The first big name appointment on the managerial side of business following the takeover, Ancelotti replaced Kombouare in December 2011 after plenty of speculation, but couldn’t win the title. He recovered in his only full season in charge by taking PSG to the 2012/13 Ligue 1 title, winning the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue, and guiding them to the quarter-final of the Champions League. Ancelotti would leave for Real Madrid in the summer of 2013, making it a short but rather sweet stay.

3. Unai Emery (2016-2018)

Securing a domestic quadruple literally anywhere else should be enough for legend status. Unai Emery achieved that in his second season with PSG, but a few rather large blemishes marked his CV. Emery failed to win Ligue 1 in 2016/17, finishing runners up to Monaco, and was the man in charge during that 6-1 Round of 16 implosion against Barcelona in the same campaign. He won said quadruple the following year, before departing in the summer.

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Paris Saint-Germain’s Spanish headcoach Unai Emery walks on the sideline during the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against FC Barcelona 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Josep Lago

2. Laurent Blanc (2013-2016)

Romance in the city of love, World Cup winner Laurent Blanc proved a shrewd replacement for Ancelotti. Blanc won the Coupe de la Ligue, Trophee des Champions and – of course – Ligue 1 in his debut season, secured a domestic treble in his second season, and retained it in his third. An impressive feat, but one that was undone by a trend of being eliminated from the Champions League quarter final, which happened three times in a row under the Frenchman, before his 2016 departure.

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1. Thomas Tuchel (2018-2020)

Thomas Tuchel’s exploits as PSG manager become more impressive with each passing season, as expectations for European success pile even higher. He remains the only man to have actually delivered on that expectation, taking them to the 2020 Champions League final. Losing on the night quietly felt like his undoing, though, as he was dismissed the following December, with two Ligue 1 titles and a domestic quadruple to his name.

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