Kylian Mbappe rejects idea of PSG appointing 46-year-old coach suggested by Lionel Messi: Reports

Kylian Mbappe at odds with Lionel Messi over PSG's next boss
Kylian Mbappe at odds with Lionel Messi over PSG's next boss

Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) star Kylian Mbappe has rejected teammate Lionel Messi's suggestion of replacing Mauricio Pochettino with current River Plate boss Marcelo Gallardo at the Parc des Princes.

Fabrizio Romano reports that the Ligue 1 champions are intent on parting ways with the Argentine manager this summer. It has been a difficult season for the former Tottenham Hotspur coach despite leading the Parisians to the league title. PSG crashed out of both the French League Cup and the Champions League.

Many expect former Real Madrid manager and France legend Zinedine Zidane to succeed Pochettino. However, he seems keen to become the next manager of the French national side (per ESPN).

🚨 Mauricio Pochettino’s sacking will be made official by PSG in the upcoming days. [Source: Fabrizio Romano]#PSGB #Pochettino #Messi #Neymar #Mbappe #Ligue1

According to El Nacional, Lionel Messi has suggested River Plate manager and compatriot Marcelo Gallardo as a potential option for the managerial role at PSG

Gallardo has a PSG connection (the Argentine played for the Parisians from 2007 to 2008) and has enjoyed success as a manager in the Argentine Primera Division. He led River Plate to the league title in 2021 and is considered one to watch for a move to Europe in the future.

Mbappe, though, doesn't want the Parisians to consider the River Plate manager and instead wants a more renowned name from within Europe. The French star's opinion now holds a lot of worth as he has reportedly been given power behind the scenes as part of his new three-year deal.

Who should PSG look to succeed Mauricio Pochettino?

Christophe Galtier is in the running
Christophe Galtier is in the running

With Zidane seemingly keen to take over from Didier Deschamps as the French national team coach, it begs the question as to who will succeed Mauricio Pochettino if he does leave.

Here are a few names that could be in the mix for the role:

Christophe Galtier: The current Nice head coach has impressed in Ligue 1, having led the French outfit to the league title in 2021.

He beat PSG to the title that year and Le Parisien (via GetFootballNewsFrance) reports that he is the priority target of PSG.

Jose Mourinho: One of Europe's most successful managers, Mourinho boasts a remarkable list of achievements, including league title wins in England, Spain, Italy and Portugal.

According to The Sun, the Parisians are keen on the Portuguese coach taking on the top job.

José Mourinho wants to continue his project with AS Roma despite PSG links. He’s focused on AS Roma, so José’s not planning to change as of today. 🇵🇹 #MourinhoAS Roma are also prepared to back Mourinho on the transfer strategies, after signing Svilar and Matić.

Ruben Amorim: An up-and-comer, Amorim has been a sensation in the Primeira Liga with Sporting CP. He led them to their first league title in 19 years in 2021.

Cristiano Ronaldo is reported to have suggested him to Manchester United higher-ups when they were attempting to replace Ole Gunnar Solskjaer last November.

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Edited by Ritwik Kumar
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