Thomas Tuchel was sacked by Paris Saint-Germain, four months after taking them to the Champions League final.
Tuchel joined the club at the start of the 2018-19 season, winning back-to-back championship titles, as well as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue 2020.
Mauricio Pochettino, who played for PSG from 2001 to 2003, is in the pole position to become the next manager of Ligue 1, according to Sky Italy.
Talks with the former head of Tottenham, Southampton and Espanyol are at an advanced stage and it is now an attempt to reach a full agreement between the parties.
PSG are currently third in Ligue 1, a point behind leading Lyon, and have lost four of their 17 league games this season. They are at the top of their groups in the Champions League ahead of RB Leipzig and Manchester United, and will face Barcelona in the round of 16 of the competition.
Tuchel’s departure comes four months after leading the club to their first Champions League final where they lost to Bayern Munich in Lisbon.
The German replaced Unai Emery with a two-year contract in June 2018, and last May he signed an extension that would keep him in Paris until the end of the current campaign.
However, in October, there were public omissions regarding the recruitment of players with the club’s sports director Leonard.
Tuchel said, “We lose too many players on free transfers. That’s too much, too much. We can’t ask this team the same as last season.”
The next day, Leonardo expressed disapproval of Tuchel’s comments, saying “you must respect the people above you.”
“I didn’t like his comments, they didn’t like the club either,” he said.
“We have to understand the moment we’re going through. If someone isn’t happy, it’s easy – we can talk. But if you decide to stay, you have to respect the people above you.”
They beat Strasbourg 4-0 in the league on Wednesday night and are next in action against Saint-Etienne on 6 January.
Will Poch be PSG’s next manager?
Early odds on Thursday morning suggested that Pochettino is the takeover leader at PSG, and the chances for the Argentine were only 1/20 before Sky Bet concluded betting.
Pochettino spent five and a half years in the Spurs, leading them to the Champions League final, the League Cup final and the two FA Cup semi-finals, as well as the top four Premier League finals, before being fired in November 2019.
Pochettino said RMC Sport in 2016: “Coach one day at PSG, that would make me happy. It’s my dream. It’s a club I follow a lot. I try to watch their games. Especially in the Champions League. Come back to PSG one day, why not ? “
In November, he told Sky Sports when asked where his next role would be: “I don’t know. I’m not going to close any doors. I learned when I was really, really young, [Pochettino’s former coach] Jorge Griffa would say, ‘Mauricio, football will dictate to you’.
“And I’m waiting to feel what the right project is for us, what the right way to go.
“My energy is full, I would love to be involved in the game, but at the same time I have to understand that this is a good time to wait. You have to wait for the right project and surely football will bring what football wants and we have to be open and accept or no. “