Executive Role For Ex-Arsenal Boss?
Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is wanted by Paris Saint-Germain in an executive capacity.
According to reports from France there has been friction between coach Thomas Tuchel – who succeeded Unai Emery at the club this summer – and current director of football Antero Henrique. Tuchel wanted a new midfielder this summer and there were rumours of a move for Chelsea’s N’Golo Kante. But Kante remained in west London and an injury to Marco Verratti has left the French club short in midfield.
French radio station RMC believes that Wenger could be brought in next summer. The 68-year-old – he turns 69 next week – has been out of work since he stepped down from the Arsenal job after 22 years in charge. He has close ties with PSG chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi and has turned down the offer of the coach’s job at the French club on no fewer than four occasions.
RMC believes that Tuchel will win the battle with Henrique although his position will only be strengthened if PSG have a good run in the Champions League. He is already in a strong situation following a start in Ligue 1 that has seen the side win their opening nine games. They are already eight points clear of second-placed Lille.
Henrique is unlikely to leave before the end of the season but Wenger could effectively be brought in above him, just below club chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi. He would be alongside club general manager and marketing boss Jean-Claude Blanc in the club’s organisation chart. That would lead to an exit for Henrique who would see his position undermined by the arrival of Wenger. There are also reports he is lining up another job elsewhere in Europe.