Nasser Al-Khelaifi on hiring Christophe Galtier, Antero Henrique, and Luis Campos
In an interview published by L'Equipe on Saturday, PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi spoke about his choice of appointing the current Paris Saint-Germain coach.
After some problems between them, Al-Khelaifi also discussed the relationship between PSG consultant Antero Henrique and PSG sporting director Luis Campos, whose views on the present and future of the club seem to differ.
Antero Henrique returned to Paris Saint-Germain last summer in a consultant role. Henrique was tasked with finding new clubs for transfer-listed players on the PSG squad.
After Leonardo failed to do so convincingly in past years, there were high hopes of Henrique doing a better job. It never really happened.
Henrique got critiziced by both coach Galiter and sporting director Luis Campos for failing at selling players, mostly forcing PSG to work out loan deals without really making a positive economic impact on the French club's coffers. On the other hand, the board of PSG, led by Nasser Al-Khelaifi, was seemingly pleased with the work done by Henrique.
Speaking to L'Equipe on Saturday, Al-Khelaifi said that "there were issues" between Henrique and Campos last summer. He made it clear, though, that "it is nothing personal."
"[Campos and Henrique] stepped into each other's work. That's why we have decided to stop it." After saying that, Al-Khelaifi revealed that PSG is moving Henrique from his consultant role with the French club to a lesser role.
From 2023 on, Henrique "will no longer manage first team issues," instead focusing on "helping Braga (QSI recently acquired 22% of the Portuguese club)."
Discussing his choice of Christophe Galtier to lead PSG from the bench, Al-Khelaifi was asked if it is trout that he had doubts and never really wanted Galtier, instead preferring another option (such as Zinedine Zidane, rumored to the be president's favorite coach to appoint).
"It is not true (not wanting Galtier). Otherwise, I would have never signed him," said Al-Khelaifi. "He is one of the two coaches for whom I have the greatest respect."
Those words didn't really solve the question to a hundred, considering Al-Khelaifi didn't put Galtier on a tier of his own but rather compared and put him to another professional at the coaching job.
Before appointing Galtier, and asked about the possible hiring of Zinedine Zidane, Al-Khelaifi said that "PSG chose another option," adding that the choice was one of a coach "who will be the best for what we want to put in place."
So far, Galtier has reached the Round of 16 of the Champions League with PSG although he failed to qualify as the first team in PSG's group, thus facing a daunting clash with Bayern Munich in the first round of knockout stages.
PSG lead Ligue 1 with 41 points through 15 games played with a positive 34-goal difference in their favor. They have only drawn two games while winning the other 13 matches they've played through the World Cup break.