Paris Saint-Germain manager Mauricio Pochettino has seen his name in connection to the open Manchester United managerial position. As a result, rumors of the capital club interested in former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane surfaced.
Whether the reports are accurate or not, for former PSG winger Jérôme Rothen, the French giants shouldn’t think about pursuing Zidane for his ties to their eternal rival, Olympique de Marseille, during a segment on his show “Rothen s’enflamme.”
“I don’t want to see Zinédine Zidane arrive on the PSG bench. It should be remembered that the French championship took on a different scale thanks to certain club rivalries. PSG against Marseille is the biggest rivalry. I think when you belong to one of the two, it’s difficult to put you fully in the other club,” Rothen said.
“I would not have seen Luis Fernandez coaching Olympique de Marseille. The players are criticized for not identifying enough with the club. How do you want Zidane to convey this to the players, knowing that he himself cannot put himself in the shoes of a PSG supporter? How will Zidane be able to represent PSG to his supporters? It’s almost impossible.”
In 2014, Zidane stated that one of the biggest regrets of his playing career was never playing for his hometown club, Marseille. It’s these types of connections that Zidane has to OM that don’t sit well with Rothen.
🎙 @RothenJerome : "La communion dans un club, elle est essentielle quand elle vient du chef d'orchestre, de l'entraîneur. Comment tu veux que Zidane se mette dans la peau du Parisien ? Comment il va représenter le PSG auprès de ses supporters ? C'est quasiment impossible !" pic.twitter.com/lx5cDzztfg
— Rothen s'enflamme (@Rothensenflamme) November 23, 2021