French press react to Manchester United's reported Mauricio Pochettino snub
For every winner there is a loser and in the battle to become Manchester United’s next manager, Erik ten Hag is reported to have beaten out Mauricio Pochettino.
The Telegraph report Ten Hag could be announced by United next week, with the club preparing to speak to Pochettino to inform him he has been unsuccessful.
Pochettino at least remains in a job at Paris Saint-Germain, although its uncertain how secure it is. Le Parisien has linked Zinedine Zidane with the role since last November.
If United had chosen him, they could have expected a hefty compensation fee, now paying off Pochettino is now PSG’s problem.
How the press in France reacted
Ten Hag’s imminent appointment at United did not go unnoticed across the Channel, with a focus on Pochettino.
Sport France reported: “Pochettino, the terrible news”, noting that while the boss can likely ‘pack his bags’ to leave Paris, he still does not know his next destination, citing United’s snub as ‘a big blow’ for the manager.
Foot01 report: “In the end, Paris will be the big loser in history, since the club of the French capital was counting on Manchester United to get rid of Pochettino.”
The outlet report how Julien Laurens told ESPN, “It’s not really the plan the Qataris had in mind, they really thought Manchester United was going to come and get Pochettino back. So all this makes the future of PSG uncertain.”
Le Figaro also note Pochettino’s uncertain future, describing his position as PSG as ‘extremely weakened’ by poor results.
Onze Mondial described a ‘huge blow’ for the Argentine, reporting that the high compensation fee demanded by PSG along with the disappointing Champions League exit both contributed to him not being chosen by the Manchester United hierarchy.
Keep an eye on Pochettino’s next move
Pochettino will not be managing Manchester United next season, as it stands, but there is a chance he could end up in the opposing dugout.
A desire to return to England and his likely dismissal by PSG could see him on alert should a top job in the Premier League pop up.
Antonio Conte is always one step away from imploding at Tottenham and could jump at a better offer, so it would not be a surprise to see Pochettino return to North London at some stage, and wherever he goes, he will be desperate to prove a point to Manchester United.