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Signs point to Emery being let go by PSG before next season

Signs point to Emery being let go by PSG before next season
From ESPN - January 16, 2018

On paper, it is pretty straightforward and simple: If Unai Emery wants to stay for a third season at Paris Saint-Germain, his team will have to reach the semifinal of the Champions League. A clause in his contract states that, if the Parisians get to the last four then the option of a third year will be automatically triggered. If they do not, he is out.

However, PSG do not really follow contract terms or options; it is almost like they do not mean much to them. They sacked Antoine Kombouare in December 2011 despite being top of the table at Christmas. Kombouare, now the Guingamp manager, still had six months left on his contract.

They gave Laurent Blanc a two-year deal in February 2016, then sacked him four months later at the end of the season after he had a shocker against Manchester City in the Champions League quarterfinal.

So getting rid of Emery would be no different, regardless of his contract status. This exit would also cost far less than Blanc, who left the club with a 20 million cheque in his pocket!

In truth, the noise coming out of Paris is that, whatever happens this season, Emery wo not be the PSG manager next season. Even if he reached the semifinal of the Champions League -- even if he wins the whole competition -- his time looks to be up.

The humiliating debacle against Barcelona last year -- a 4-0 win at home in the Champions League Round of 16 first leg was followed by a 6-1 defeat at the Camp Nou -- is still a burden for Emery and an argument for the people who want him out. Overall, his record is excellent but, with the squad and the players at his disposal, it would be expected.

More importantly, he failed to win the league last season, beaten by Monaco. And his ability to deal with Neymar and a dressing room of stars and big egos is in question. He has been at the Parc des Princes for 18 months, but has not managed to establish his authority on his squad and does not have much control.

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