Mauricio Pochettino, Antonio Conte top PSG manager targets


Paris Saint-Germain coach Unai Emery insisted Friday he still believed in the Qatari owners' blueprint for the club but refused to speculate whether he would be part of their plans.

In addition, there is concern about his European record given that PSG's aim is to win the Champions League, though that is coupled with knowledge that if he were to move to Paris he would have perhaps his best ever squad, giving Conte a better chance of going all the way.

Unai Emery is now in charge of PSG, but he could well be leaving Paris this summer, having failed to reach the Champions League quarter-finals.

As reported by French radio station RMC, PSG President Nasser Al Khelaifi has lost patience with Emery after failing to progress further in the Champions League, and has identified: Spurs' Mauricio Pochettino, former Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, Chelsea's Antonio Conte, free agent Carlo Ancelotti and Atlético Madrid's Diego Simeone for a shortlist of five potential successors.

That result looks to have sealed the fate of Emery, who is expected to be axed at the end of the season.

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For now, though, Emery is determined to continue with the job in hand - which will on Saturday see PSG host bottom club Metz before looking ahead to the upcoming Coupe de la Ligue final against Monaco and a French Cup semi-final at Caen.

"For me, the future is the present".

Their pursuit of a maiden Champions League trophy came unstuck again this week, with two-time holders Real Madrid proving too strong over two legs.

"The most important thing is the analysis which can be done and what we can improve. But today, I work as if I would stay here all my life". "[PSG sporting director] Antero Henrique and [Henrique's assistant] Maxwell spoke to the players, including Julian", Emery added.