“Don’t be surprised” – Former player claims Mauricio Pochettino could face PSG sack

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Mauricio Pochettino
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Mauricio Pochettino could be at risk of losing his job as manager of Paris Saint-Germain this summer, according to Tony Cascarinio.

The Argentine took over at the French giants in January from Thomas Tuchel having pennned a contract at the Parc des Princes until June 2022, with the option for an extra year (BBC).

The Parisiens were knocked out of the Champions League earlier this week, having lost 4-1 to Manchester City at the semi-final stage on aggregate.

Their Ligue 1 destiny is also in the hands of Lille, with Pochettino’s side finding themselves four points behind the league leaders despite PSG having a game in hand.

Cascarino, who played for Marseille during his career believes that should they fail to overtake Lille, it would be the equivalent of losing the title to Sunderland and claimed that it will not come as a shock if PSG’s owners decide to part company with the former Tottenham Hotspur boss.

He told talkSPORT: “If they don’t win the league and they’ve been knocked out of the Champions League in the manner they have, 4-1 over two legs, PSG are very capable of sacking Pochettino,” 

“They do what Roman Abramovich and Chelsea do. You think they’re not going to do it, it seems like a ridiculous decision, but then they go and do it.

“There have been other managers at PSG who have won things and been sacked, so don’t be surprised if Poch gets the sack at PSG… especially if Lille win the league.

“Lille winning Ligue 1 is worse than Leicester winning the Premier League, it’s a team way lower. Lille is the second biggest team in its area, RC Lens are a far bigger club in the North East of France.

“It’s like Sunderland winning the league over Man City. Sorry Sunderland fans if I’ve upset you, but that’s the best comparison.

“It would be a huge shock to the French first division if Lille win the title. Other clubs have done it, of course, Montpellier did it a few years ago, but the budget is not comparable to PSG’s.

“Pochettino has only been there since January but PSG have lost seven games in that time.

“OK, two were against Manchester City and one was against Bayern Munich, but he could easily lose his job. PSG were quite comfortably second best in both legs against City.

“He was brought in to do what Thomas Tuchel was brought in to do – keep winning the league and get them closer to winning the Champions League. Pochettino could do neither!”

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