Paris Saint-Germain job open as Laurent Blanc departs Ligue 1 giants

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There’s a high profile, high pressure position available in France.

Laurent Blanc has stepped down as Paris Saint-Germain boss after three successful seasons but a failure to meet the club’s expectations in the UEFA Champions League.

High-budget PSG throttled the Ligue 1 competition over three seasons, including an astounding 2015-16 that saw the side put up an absurd table line: 30W-6D-2L, plus-83 goal differential, and a 31-point advantage on second-place Lyon and Monaco.

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After bouncing Chelsea in the UCL’s Round of 16 this year, PSG lost to Manchester City over two legs in a quarterfinal. Chelsea previously knocked them out in the Round of 16 (2014-15) and quarters (2013-14).

From PSG’s official English site:

“As we embark on a new chapter in the development of the club, I would like to thank Laurent Blanc for everything he has achieved over the last three years, both in terms of the playing style and results,” declared Paris Saint-Germain Chairman and CEO Nasser Al-Khelaïfi. “I wish him the best for his future challenges.”

Sevilla’s Unai Emery has been linked with the post, and has the tournament acumen after navigating three-straight Europa League title runs.