Paris Saint-Germain will appear to be in the market for a new manager this summer after Christophe Galtier hasn’t impressed in his first year leading the capital club.
Over recent weeks, AS Roma manager Jose Mourinho is one name that’s constantly linked to the French giants. However, CBS Sports’ Jonathan Johnson isn’t counting on the “Special One” to be on PSG’s sidelines for the 2023-24 season.
“If Luis Campos stays on at PSG then there could be a good Portuguese connection there, but my honest opinion is that Mourinho is probably behind some of the other candidates being talked about, such as Zinedine Zidane or Thiago Motta, but we’ll see,” Johnson wrote in his column for Caught Offside.
“Mourinho’s done a good job with Roma and if he manages to win the Europa League that’ll be a very impressive achievement. I think his spell in Serie A has certainly repaired his reputation to some degree and there could be a lot of interest in him this summer.”
Furthermore, Johnson revealed why the Ligue 1 side had yet to consider the Portuguese tactician an option whenever they had an opening at their managerial position in the past.
“The reason Mourinho has never previously been a strong candidate for them, as I understand it, is because of a sort of historic lack of interest, for want of a better word – Mourinho has never seemed interested in coming to France or to PSG,” Johnson wrote.
“I don’t know if that’s a specific issue with the project, or a preference for the leagues in England and Italy, or just because he’s perhaps preparing the ground for PSG at some point, if they really want him, to make a massive offer and a massive effort for him.”
It will be interesting to see what direction sporting advisor Luis Campos chooses should he remain on the job. In a recent report, Real Madrid could be eyeing for Zinedine Zidane to return and replace Carlo Ancelotti should the Italian leave this summer.
Thiago Motta and Marcelo Gallardo are rumored names to be in the mix, so Campos will need to get the hire right if PSG does move on from Galtier.