Laurent Blanc’s inability to fulfil Paris Saint-Germain’s Champions League ambitions has prompted the club to take a
gamble on Europa League mastermind Unai Emery who led Sevilla to three succesive titles.
Each of PSG’s three campaigns under Blanc in UEFA’s premier competition ended in the quarter-finals, at the hands of
Chelsea in 2013-14, Barcelona a season later and Manchester City last term.
That meant Blanc’s tenure did not satisfy PSG’s demanding Qatari owners, who completed their takeover in May 2011,
despite the head coach guiding the club to three Ligue 1 titles in succession and back-to-back domestic trebles, posting
a win rate of 72.8 per cent – the highest in the club’s history.
A lack of availability among Europe’s small group of elite coaches has forced the hand of president Nasser Al-Khelaifi
in seeking Blanc’s successor.
AC Milan have announced the appointment of Vincenzo Montella as successor to Cristian Brocchi on a two-year deal.
The former striker leaves his role as Sampdoria boss to take the helm of a club that has underperformed in recent
seasons, finishing seventh in 2015-16.
It has been five years since the San Siro club lifted the Scudetto and Montella will be charged with bringing success
“Vincenzo Montella is our new coach, he has signed a two-year contract which begins on July 1,” read a statement.
“It is the belief of the club that the style of play of the new Rossoneri coach will be the basis of a fruitful and
On the players front, young striker Moussa Dembele joined Celtic while Seydou Doumbia joined Basel from AS Roma on loan.