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5 candidates for the PSG manager job

Ed Mackey
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3.95K   //    20 Mar 2018, 11:10 IST

After two seasons in charge, Unai Emery's job security looks increasingly weak
After two seasons in charge, Unai Emery's job is up in the air after their latest Champions League failure

Despite being 17 points clear at the top of Ligue 1, this season will ultimately be seen as another disappointing one for Paris Saint-Germain - having been knocked out of the UEFA Champions League at the last-16 stage by defending champions Real Madrid.

Ever since their lucrative takeover, the Parisians' main aim has been to prove their quality as Europe's elite in the Champions League with a trophy aloft in May. After two failed attempts, it looks increasingly likely that Unai Emery will be relieved of his managerial duties at the end of the campaign.

Given the immense amounts of money on offer from PSG owners, it will not be hard to find plenty of top-quality managers interested in the project in Paris, so here are five possible managers who could be brought in at the Parc des Princes this summer.

#5 Arsene Wenger (Arsenal)

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This would be an appointment which could benefit both parties given the circumstances. For all his success, many Arsenal fans believe Wenger's days at the helm should've ended a few seasons ago - while PSG themselves were heavily linked with a formal approach for the Frenchman in the past.

Despite the unrelenting levels of criticism that he's absorbed in recent years, Wenger knows fully well that there are clubs across Europe who would love to benefit from his wealth of knowledge and ability, where the Ligue 1 giants come into play.

For one, France's top-flight wouldn't be a new experience for the 68-year-old, as his first two managerial jobs were in his home country with Nancy and current champions AS Monaco.

During his time with the latter, Wenger steered them to the title (Division 1 as it was then known), before moving onto Arsenal. The main problem that he has faced in north London, particularly following their stadium move to the Emirates, is the lack of investment from the club's hierarchy to rival competitors in the transfer market.

This would definitely not be an issue should he take the PSG job, as he'd have endless funds available to sign top players with. His appointment might be met with yet more criticism, as he's only reached the UEFA Champions League final once - a 2-1 defeat by Barcelona in 2006 - but naturally, he's competed in Europe's elite club competition for two decades so knows the tournament like the back of his hand.

With better players, more wealth and further freedom in charge, it would be fascinating to see how Wenger would fare as PSG boss both domestically and among Europe's elite.

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