PSG decide on next manager after Antonio Conte ‘offer’

PSG will prioritize a switch to Zinedine Zidane

PSG will prioritize a switch to Zinedine Zidane (AFP via Getty)

Paris Saint-Germain have made Zinedine Zidane their top candidate to replace Mauricio Pochettino, according to reports.

Pochettino guided PSG to the Ligue 1 title on Saturday, but the French club are now preparing to fire the Argentine.

PSG fans turned on both the players and the manager in the wake of their Champions League exit to Real Madrid last month, and Pochettino was even touted when his name was read out at the Parc des Princes during their 1-1 draw against Lens on Saturday. .

According to Le Parisien, Antonio Conte has made PSG’s hierarchy aware that he is interested in replacing Pochettino as manager and would be willing to sign a two-year deal.

The Times reports, however, that while PSG will listen to Conte’s proposal, their primary preference is to appoint Zidane as their new manager.

Zidane has been out of work since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season, but along with the PSG job, the former midfielder is also interested in becoming France’s next head coach after Didier Deschamps.

Antonio Conte has accused he would be willing to take the PSG job

Antonio Conte has accused he would be willing to take the PSG job (Getty)

The Times, meanwhile, also reports that if Conte left Tottenham for PSG, it could increase the prospect of a return to Spurs for Pochettino.

The Spurs tried to bring Pochettino back to north London last summer and tried again after firing Nuno Espirito Santo in November after a poor start to the season.

Mauricio Pochettino is set to be sacked by PSG (AFP via Getty)

During PSG’s 1-1 draw against Lens on Saturday, supporters left the stadium before the final whistle as a protection against the club’s hierarchy and the team for their failure in the Champions League.

“People should not underestimate winning the Ligue 1 title,” Pochettino said.

“There is a disappointment when there is no Europa Cup at the end of a season, but there has not been one in 50 years with [this club’s] existence. ‘

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