PSG targeting Pochetino, Conte after Champions League exit

Emery is expected to leave his post at the end of the season, or perhaps even before then, after PSG were dumped out of the Champions League by Real Madrid. A host of top coaches have been linked with the job, including Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger and Chelsea’s Antonio Conte. Reports in France from L’Equipe have claimed PSG have already made contact with Conte’s representatives.

L’Equipe writer Erik Bielderman has revealed Spurs manager Mauricio Pochettino is still ‘the man they really want’, as PSG bosses first stated back in November, while Conte is only second choice.

PSG chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has distanced himself from the loss to Madrid, is under pressure to move quickly after Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, the emir of Qatar and founder of club owners Oryx Qatar Sports Investments, was unimpressed by the defeat and left the Parc des Princes before the final whistle.

Emery’s contract is not expected to be renewed and Al-Khelaifi will now focus on deciding the coach’s fate and working out PSG’s next move.

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Conte is very interesting to PSG, sources said, because of his ability to produce short-term success, which would be appealing after the club’s consecutive Champions League eliminations in the round of 16.

Pochettino falls into the latter category, and as well as being a long-term bet, Al-Khelaifi has been interested in him for some time and is sensitive to the Argentine’s desire to coach the team for whom he once played.

Sources also confirmed multiple reports that PSG sporting director Antero Henrique is keen on the available Andre Villas-Boas after the pair’s time together with Porto. However, not all of PSG’s decision-makers are convinced.

Henrique’s own position is not 100 percent secure, with Al-Khelaifi considering broader changes than just a new coach.

In the event that Henrique goes as part of a shake-up, sources indicated Al-Khelaifi would be more open to a return for Carlo Ancelotti as manager, as the well-travelled Italian’s desire for significant say over transfers would grate with Henrique.

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