Could Marcelo Gallardo replace Christophe Galtier at PSG?

Marcelo Gallardo, River Plate, PSG
Marcelo Gallardo, River Plate, PSG / Marcelo Endelli/GettyImages

PSG will inevitably fire Christophe Galtier at the end of the season. It's the worst-kept secret, everybody knows it, and the club is already looking for a replacement to sit on the Paris Saint-Germain bench next season. Could Marcelo Gallardo become the new manager of PSG?

That's going to be a tall task for PSG to pull off, according to Gallardo himself.

Marcelo Gallardo, who became a Rivel Plate legend during the last decade winning all possible titles in Argentina with the famous Buenos Aires club, does not see himself managing Paris Saint-Germain. Not now, at least.

According to UOL Esporte, the Argentine coach "is aware" of PSG's interest in signing a new manager for next season when Galtier will be sacked before fulfilling his contract. That said, Gallardo believes PSG "will seek a coach with experience in Europe," something the Argentine doesn't have in his resume.

Marcelo Gallardo thinks PSG will look for a coach "with experience in Europe"

Gallardo left River Plate last October and has not signed with any club yet. He's still a free agent in the manager market, and he's waiting for the best offer to land in his lap before making a rushed decision.

In the same report by UOL, Gallardo "has informed" his technical staff about his future plans, telling them that he "will not return to work until next June," and that he "won't sign with any club in-season."

Gallardo was linked with PSG in the past for a potential manager position, but the now-47-year-old is ruling PSG out as a serious option. Of course, that feeling might not be mutual if Paris Saint-Germain consider him a proper option to take charge of the team and want to appoint him, something he would not reject.

All of the above said and according to information obtained by UOL, "PSG have never sent a proposal" to Gallardo, who played for the capital club in 2007-08. The legendary Argentine manager considers that PSG "will be looking for a coach with solid experience in Europe," and therefore he doesn't think he will get a call from Nasser Al-Khelaifi ahead of next season.

Gallardo might be right, though, considering RMC has reported that PSG is in fact "looking for an experienced coach" to replace Galtier next summer. That would, therefore, rule Gallardo out of the race to get the post in Paris.

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Some of the candidates PSG considered in the past few days (according to RMC) as potential options are Julian Nagelsmann, Antonio Conte, Luis Enrique, and Zinedine Zidane, who are all clearly above Marcelo Gallardo in terms of experience and resumes if only on European competitions.