Luis Campos could lose PSG job, Zinedine Zidane waiting on the wings
We reported the precarious situation of both Christophe Galtier and Luis Campos a few days ago here at PSG Post. On Tuesday, media outlet Foot Mercato is confirming the initial information leaked by Le Parisien making Campos' position in the PSG organigram as weak as it can get.
After getting "appointed" as a sporting advisor by Paris Saint-Germain last June, Campos spent two transfer windows wasting everybody's time and failing to acquire valuable and impactful players. Many men arrived at PSG (including Vitinha, Fabian Ruiz, Carlos Soler, Hugo Ekitike, and Renato Sanches) though none of them has been remarkable while in Paris.
With so many failures in such a small period of time (eight months in the role), Foot Mercato reports that Campos is "on the hot seat" in the eyes of the Paris Saint-Germain board. President Nasser Al-Khelaifi and the rest of the owners/investors "are thinking more than ever about the future of the Portuguese in the organization," adds Foot Mercato.
Campos, who attacked the referees in a visibly agitated way last Sunday getting down to the edge of the touchline, was publicly shameful and made Al-Khelaifi wonder if the sporting advisor is worth keeping.
The Portuguese advisor was "nervous" and "anxious" with PSG losing 3-2 to Lille entering the final 15 minutes of play, and that led to his clown behavior at the Parc des Princes.
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Apart from Nordi Mukiele, and some flashes from Vitinha through the first half of the season, the other players recruited by Campos have been rather disappointing and have put question marks over Campos' skill set.
PSG decided to change their "bling-bling" model and instead appointed the Campos-Galtier duo last summer. Turns out that decision wasn't the brightest and opting to fade Zinedine Zidane in favor of this partnership was a blatant error.
Choosing Campos directly eliminated Zidane from the equation, as Campos and the French manager are not on good terms and the Champions League multi-time winner won't coach PSG while Campos remains in his position.
While Antero Henrique (now working as a sporting director at Braga) has been part of the problem (as well as staying under the rules of Financial Fair Play) advising and kickstarting conversations to sign some of the players Campos ultimately ended up inking for PSG last summer, the failures of the latter are undeniable.
There are no possible excuses for Campos' ridiculous management of the winter transfer window, in which he failed not only to land a center-back to bolster the defense but also to even sign Chelsea's Hakim Ziyech on a loan deal for the remainder of the season, or properly approach Brazilian forward Malcom from Zenit to give the offense a boost.
Foot Mercato also reports that there is "no mad love" between PSG's president and Campos, even more after the failed negotiations for certain transfer targets and the "questioning of some regulars at Camp des Loges".
More damagingly for PSG's future, it's also reported that some players contacted to join PSG next season "are interested, but dubious of joining the club considering the lack of clarity of the current project." Others were rejected by Campos in the first place, with Foot Mercato name-dropping Memphis Depay in particular.
The only positive in Campos' resume is the extension of Kylian Mbappe last May, although it must be said that the negotiations and final signature weren't entirely of his doing.