Nasser Al-Khelaifi surprisingly returns to Paris to deal with drama
Reports about the potential sacking of Christophe Galtier and a new plan to build Paris Saint-Germain emerged on Wednesday. Those made clear that the president of PSG, Nasser Al-Helaifi, had "taken a step back" by spending time in Qatar. However, that has suddenly changed in the last few hours with NAK returning to Paris to address the chaos himself.
The honcho of the Parisian organization flew to Qatar for the start of Ramadan last week, as is his habit. Given the situation of PSG, though, the president decided to return to Paris on Wednesday after spending three days in Doha and one in Lisbon for a UEFA meeting, reported Le Parisien.
Al-Khelaifi watched PSG's loss to Lyon on Sunday evening from afar, communicating with Luis Campos and the rest of the staff via message. On Monday, he "kept exchanging messages" with Luis Campos reportedly "to take stock of the situation" and "to consider what levers he could pull to put the team back on the right track."
The only thing saving Christophe Galtier from getting sacked following Sunday's defeat was a "lack of alternatives" for the position, wrote Le Parisien. Galtier kept his job, but it is "out of the question" Paris is sinking allowing Marseille and Lens to inch closer to them in the standings potentially leading PSG to sack Galtier.
Al-Khelaifi attended a European Club Association (ECA) meeting on Tuesday morning, and he later went to play padel in a Lisbon club with two unknown persons.
On Wednesday morning, at the 47th UEFA Congress, he attended the re-election of Aleksander Ceferin as president of the European body, also in Lisbon. He then took boarded a plane to Paris, where he landed on Wednesday afternoon according to Le Parisien.
Nasser Al-Khelaifi was "expected to return to Qatar at the end of the Congress," reported Le Parisien, "but given the situation at PSG, he changed his program and headed for Paris."
This decision is seemingly linked to the criticism the president has endured in the past because of his "man of many hats" profile, not seen as truly invested in PSG as much as he should be considering the stature of the club and their goals.
Al-Khelaifi is expected to attend the training session scheduled for Friday, where he will "show the players that he supports them and that he is fully concerned by the bad run of results they are going through." However, the president has not planned to speak in front of the group according to Le Parisien.
The presence of the president in Nice on Saturday evening, for the Ligue 1 match, has not been confirmed.