Who’s Next? Top Candidates To Replace PSG Coach Galtier
Big-Name Coaches Linked to Paris Saint-Germain’s Upcoming Vacancy. It is widely speculated that Christophe Galtier will not continue as the head coach of Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) next season.
Despite being burdened with high expectations like many of his predecessors, Galtier has failed to meet them and with the club’s recent elimination from the Champions League and declining performance in Ligue 1, it seems that PSG will once again be searching for a new manager this summer.
In the past 12 years, PSG has employed six different coaches, all of whom brought a certain level of European pedigree to the club. Now more than ever, PSG needs to make the right appointment as they face a potential summer of change with the departures of Neymar and Lionel Messi, and the expected exit of Kylian Mbappe in 2024.
The next season must be a successful one for PSG as they aim to establish themselves in a new era. With former favorite Thomas Tuchel reportedly heading to Bayern Munich, GOAL takes a look at the top contenders for the head coaching position at PSG.
Zinedine Zidane: A Ideal Fit for Paris Saint-Germain’s Head Coach Position
Since leaving Real Madrid in 2020, Zinedine Zidane (Zizou) is believed to have been eyeing two potential job opportunities: the France national team or Paris Saint-Germain (PSG). While the France national team was reportedly at the top of his list, the job is currently secured by Didier Deschamps until 2026.
Therefore, PSG seems to be the ideal fit for Zidane in the meantime. His managerial credentials are well established, as he led Real Madrid’s youth ranks and the senior team to three consecutive Champions League titles. He has proven his ability to manage a star-studded dressing room and channel their talents into a successful team.
The PSG job requires a manager who can cope with the often conflicting interests of megastars and effectively deploy them on the field. Zidane’s expertise in managing big names and his friendly relationship with Qatar make him a top candidate for the position.
Antonio Conte: A No-Nonsense Character For Paris Saint-Germain’s Squad
Tottenham has recently experienced the authoritarian approach of Antonio Conte in his role as head coach. Currently, Conte is in open conflict with the board.
While this may be seen as a negative, the positives may outweigh it. Conte is known for being a brilliant tactician and serial winner, with a strong record in domestic football. His tried-and-tested three-center-back formation would be a good fit for PSG’s squad.
In need of a no-nonsense character, Conte fits the bill. However, the success of his appointment will depend on the ability of the owners to keep him content off the pitch. If they can manage this, Conte’s tactics and winning mentality could prove to be a perfect match for PSG’s squad.
Marcelo Gallardo: An Argentine Legend with a Desire for European Football
Marcelo Gallardo is a well-known figure in Argentine football, having had a successful career as a central playmaker for River Plate and later as their head coach, where he accumulated 22 titles for the club.
Gallardo has previous experience in Ligue 1, having played for Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Monaco, and also faced PSG in a high-profile friendly match between PSG and Riyadh All-Stars. This match was seen as a potential opportunity for Gallardo to showcase his skills and pursue his long-standing desire for coaching in European football.
Gallardo is known for his tactical flexibility and emphasizes fast play with quick interchanges and verticality in his teams. However, his demanding high press style might not be suitable for PSG’s star players, and he lacks European credibility.
Despite this, he has received support from prominent figures in football such as Pep Guardiola, and there is a chance that Gallardo could be successful if he lands a significant coaching position in Europe.
Luis Enrique: A Proven Manager for Paris Saint-Germain
Luis Enrique was tasked with the job of turning around Barcelona’s fortunes after a disappointing tenure under Tata Martino. He took over two years after Pep Guardiola stepped down and was successful in rejuvenating the squad.
During his time at Camp Nou, Luis Enrique won a treble with the help of star players Neymar, Messi, and Luis Suarez. He was tactically astute and knew how to get the best out of his players while still allowing them creative freedom. The team also had a strong defense under his leadership, and he left the club amicably after three years.
Luis Enrique favors a 4-3-3 formation but values quick transitions that can benefit players like Mbappe and Messi. Despite being a Spanish coach who has managed both Barcelona and the Spanish national team, he is not limited to tiki-taka tactics.
Furthermore, with his pre-existing relationships with Messi and Neymar, Enrique could prove to be a good hire for PSG.
Ruben Amorim: A Rising Star Among Football Coaches
Ruben Amorim, the head coach of Sporting CP, is no longer a well-kept secret. He has quickly become one of the most sought-after coaches in football, with his stock continuing to rise after recent success against Arsenal in the Europa League.
Amorim is known for his tactical innovation, favoring an organized 3-4-3 formation that presses high and limits chances for the opposing team. In his two years at Sporting, he has developed and sold talented players such as Nuno Mendes, Matheus Nunes, Joao Pahlinha, and Pedro Porro, who are now established starters in England and France.
Amorim has a reputation as a big-game manager with a strong record against other top clubs. It is no surprise that he is being linked with the head coach position at Tottenham.
While the comparison to Jose Mourinho may not be entirely accurate, Amorim’s innovative tactics and winning mentality resemble those of “The Special One.” A young Mourinho-like appointment would be an interesting prospect for PSG.
Jose Mourinho: A Winning Manager for Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) could opt for a bold move by hiring one of the best managers in the world, Jose Mourinho. He has already proven his success in Italy, Spain, and England, and there is no reason why France couldn’t be next.
Mourinho at PSG would not be a traditional approach, as he is not known for the glitz and glamour of Paris. However, he is a proven winner who, with the right support, could achieve great things with this group.
PSG has the tough defenders that Mourinho likes, and with experienced leaders such as Marquinhos and Marco Verratti in the dressing room, the Portuguese manager could get his team to buy into his methods.
Contrary to popular belief, Mourinho is not limited to defensive football. His Real Madrid team is evidence of his ability to piece together a dominant attacking team, and he could certainly work with Mbappe. Additionally, Mourinho’s success in cup football suggests that European success might be on the horizon.
The only potential challenge with Mourinho is his large ego, which may not fit in with the culture of Paris. However, for a short period, he would have PSG competing on all fronts and striving for victories.
Thiago Motta: A Promising Manager for Paris Saint-Germain
Three years ago, Thiago Motta was discussing unconventional formations, but now he is leading Bologna in a successful Serie A campaign with an effective 4-2-3-1 formation.
Motta, who was a composed player known for his tactical awareness and passing ability, has proven to be a successful manager as well. He has changed jobs twice in the past three years, but has developed a consistent tactical approach.
The former PSG player likes his teams to build from the back and play forward as quickly as possible. He focuses on suffocating the middle of the pitch and likes to play long passes behind the defense, a system that would suit Mbappe well.
At 40 years old, Motta has yet to prove himself as a top defensive tactician, but his progressive style could bring success to PSG. He has a strong connection with the club, having spent nearly seven seasons and winning 19 trophies, which could earn him the support of the fans.
Carlo Ancelotti: A Second Chance for Paris Saint-Germain
Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has faced this situation before, but it feels like a missed opportunity. Carlo Ancelotti was just starting to make his mark as PSG manager when he was asked to join Real Madrid in May 2013.
Ancelotti was the manager of PSG for 18 months and led the club to a Ligue 1 title in his first season. The team, consisting of players such as Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Ezequiel Lavezzi, Javier Pastore, Lucas Moura, and Thiago Silva, was full of potential and on the rise.
With the departure of that generation of players, Ancelotti should get a chance to work with a new one. The club still boasts star players like Messi and Neymar and is filled with young talent, with more to come this summer.
Ancelotti’s relaxed and trusting style, which relies on technical quality rather than set patterns of play, would be a good fit for a creative group of players.
If he fails to win the Champions League with Madrid and is let go, Ancelotti would be available to take over at PSG this summer. It would be a second chance for the Italian manager and the club to work together and reach their full potential.
Adi Hütter: A Surprise Choice for Paris Saint-Germain
And now for a wildcard option, Adi Hütter of Eintracht Frankfurt. Hütter has been linked with a move away from Frankfurt since leading the club to Europa League glory last year. Despite a mixed tenure in Germany, he has proven his ability to guide a team to success in European competition.
Hütter’s 3-4-3 formation has not always been successful in the German league, with Frankfurt currently sitting in 6th place and six points away from a Champions League spot.
However, Hütter’s background in the Red Bull system brings a unique perspective to his management style. His teams value direct and vertical play, with two creative players behind a dynamic striker. This style could work well with PSG’s star player, Kylian Mbappe.
Frankfurt is a strong goal-scoring team, and although they can be vulnerable in defense, Hütter has turned them into a team capable of competing with some of Europe’s best. This success could translate to success in France’s top flight.
Hütter may be a surprise choice, but his European success and innovative tactics make him a candidate worth considering for PSG’s next manager.