PSG: Thomas Tuchel tops list of managers to replace Unai Emery

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel is in prime position to become Paris Saint-Germain’s next manager after further meetings between his representatives and officials from the French champions.

Tuchel, 44, has been out of work since leaving Borussia Dortmund in May 2017, and could replace Unai Emery by the end of the season despite the Spaniard sealing his first Ligue 1 title at the weekend with a 7-1 thrashing of Monaco.

Meetings to finalise details on his prospective contract are scheduled for this week, with Emery linked with a return to Sevilla when he finally departs the Parc des Princes.

Tuchel has been a target for Bayern Munich as a replacement for the interim manager Jupp Heynckes but indicated he was not interested, with Bayern’s chief executive, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, telling German broadcasters ZDF on Monday that “he will almost certainly be going to PSG”.

PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi had denied that any agreement had been reached after his club sealed their Ligue 1 victory, but their comprehensive 5-2 aggregate defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League last 16 under the Spaniard is believed to have convinced him of the need for change.

“If we had signed with someone, we would have announced it to you,” he told Canal+. “Today we have a coach who was on the pitch. We are very honest; we have a coach today who works with us, with a contract until the end of the season.

“Let’s be positive tonight, we’ve done a lot of positive things. We’re champions, it’s a wonderful thing, I thank everyone. And the season is not over yet, there is the cup to win. The Champions League is our big goal, but it’s not easy. We work hard, but the other clubs do it too. We are very proud today.”

Tuchel spent two years at Dortmund after five at Mainz and was widely admired for the job he did in replacing Jurgen Klopp at the Westfalenstadion. The team played attractive football and reached two cup finals, winning the second one, as well as being Bayern Munich’s main challengers in the league.

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