One win in 5 games is simply not good enough for a team with the high aspirations of Paris Saint Germain and the pressure has become extremely intense on Unai Emery. The first half of the season is about to come to an end and PSG sit in third place, leading people to questions weather Emery is the right person to take Paris forward in the future.
Following the disappointing, yet unsurprising, shock defeat to Guingamp on the weekend, Paris are staring down a dark whole in the league on top of further discouragement in the Champions League after PSG failed to do the simple tasks that were set and ended up with no less that Barcelona to play in the new year as a result. And at the centre of this collapse lies new manager Unai Emery. The Spaniard took over from Laurent Blanc who left high expectations on the shoulders of his successor. Blanc’s last two seasons in charge of PSG were very successful, he won two quadruples in a row but his eventual downfall was down to his underachievement in the Champions League.
It was never going to be an easy job for Emery to follow the domestic success straight away in Paris. However results in the past month have been dreadful and the owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, will certainly be losing patience. Drawing to high flying Nice is not a poor result in my opinion, but the defensive performance during that 2-2 draw and loses to Montpellier either side of this have been extremely discouraging and have rightly received a lot of criticism from the media. There has been several other problems and excuses for these performances, such as high profile injuries of the likes of Adrien Rabiot and Javier Pastore, and a lack of form from world class players, especially Angel Di Maria, but this is no excuse for the lack of organisation at the back and very little attacking threat from the French champions.
On the other hand, Unai Emery was appointed due to his European reputation and despite coming second in the group, the Spaniard has not had time to be assed in that respect since going they club. However, some may say that is was down to him that they failed in the group and now have to a chase a ‘lost cause’ in Barcelona. Consequently, different high profile managerial names have been mentioned since Saturdays loss to EA Guingamp, former Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal and Roberto Mancini being sounding very tasty from a PSG viewpoint.
At the moment PSG sit in third place, 7 points behind Nice at the top of the table, a situation that surely QSI would not approve of and I believe there is a high chance that big new signings will be made in January and possibly a new, more motivated manger to play catch up in the second half of the season.