Paris Saint Germain announce hiring of former Sevilla manager Unai Emery.
It didn’t take Paris Saint Germain long to find a new manager. Just 24 hours. Laurent Blanc announced that he would step down yesterday and now PSG have made it official, bringing in former Sevilla tactian Unai Emery.
Emery joining PSG made a lot of sense and looked like it would happen very soon. PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi said that the club is now looking at a new chapter in development, and having Emery in charge is a good start.
Spanish news outlet MARCA said that Emery signed a two-year deal with PSG and the only thing holding the deal to happen faster was legal issues with Sevilla, due to him leaving a season earlier.
PSG undoubtedly has one of the strongest lineups in Europe. Players like Marco Verratti, Thiago Silva, Angel Di Maria, David Luiz, Edinson Cavani, Lucas Moura and many more are the reason why PSG has been the best team in France over the last few seasons.
At Sevilla, Emery had decent players, but no one like a Di Maria or a Silva. He took what he had and created a European champion out of it, three times. Yes he had to deal with players leaving since they wanted new challenges in their careers, but now Emery will have players flocking to his team, rather than him searching the globe.
Emery will need to push this PSG team to the next level. Quarter final exists in all three of Blanc’s years in charge are a reason why he had to leave. And it makes sense why PSG didn’t push him to stay longer. They spent a lot of money to compete with Europe’s elite, and not getting to at very least a semi-final berth is not good for business. Dominating Ligue 1 and France is one thing, but failing to reach a Champions League Final with their squad is something different.
Emery brings a tactical mind that will help this team push forward. PSG wants to create a new chapter in development, and one way that could work is for Emery to give this team that final push for greatness. He guided a Sevilla team – that didn’t fair well in La Liga last year and the only reason they will be in Champions League next season will be thanks to that dominating win against Liverpool in the Europa League Final- and still managed to win an unprecedented three straight Europa League titles.
Emery is a fiery manager, and a coach that could give PSG’s best players room to develop further. He will also have a lot of pressure to succeed, as the team will need to get to at least a Champions League semi-final berth for it to be a successful campaign.
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