Dissecting the PSG-Nagelsmann Saga – Who Will Be the Next Coach?

The Paris Saint-Germain managerial saga has been ongoing for weeks, and it looks like Julian Nagelsmann won’t be taking the reins any time soon. After talks between both sides came to a close, sources have revealed that PSG have narrowed down their list of potential candidates to four individuals: Luis Enrique, Sergio Conceicao, Marcelo Gallardo and Thiago Motta.

Porto manager Sergio Conceicao is reported to have already received contact from the club regarding the role. Meanwhile, former Barcelona and Spain coach Luis Enrique has garnered strong support from club officials in Doha. Both Gallardo and Motta are ex-PSG players; Gallardo currently manages River Plate in Argentina, while Motta is in charge at Serie A side Bologna.

The news of Nagelsmann’s non-arrival at the French champions will undoubtedly come as a disappointment to many fans who had high hopes for him as their next coach. The 33 year old German manager had recently been appointed head coach of RB Leipzig, but his impressive track record made him an attractive option for PSG. During his time at Hoffenheim he rose from coaching their Under 17s to becoming their first team boss in just two years; he then went on to manage Leipzig before even arriving at PSG was suggested as a possibility.

It seems that no matter who ends up being hired as the new PSG boss, they will have big shoes to fill – whether it be those left by Thomas Tuchel or those improvised by Julian Nagelsmann. Whoever takes up position won’t only have pressure on them from supporters either; they’ll also need to prove themselves worthy of wearing the famous Messi PSG jersey┬áthat has become iconic amongst football fans across Europe.

At this stage it appears that Luis Enrique is still the frontrunner for the job given his impressive CV and strong support from officials in Doha; however with three other credible candidates still on the table we may yet see a different name take up residence at Parc des Princes come next season. Regardless, with such a talented quartet all vying for one position there promises to be plenty of drama in store as each candidate attempts to stake their claim for what could be one of football management’s most prestigious roles.