Zinedine Zidane is the dream PSG coach for the Emir of Qatar

Real Madrid CF v Sevilla FC - LaLiga Santander
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We don't know if it will end up happening or not, but one thing is clear: the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, has his eyes set on Zinedine Zidane to eventually become the coach of PSG and he will do everything in his hand to turn that dream into a reality.

In their note discussing the pressure over Christophe Galtier's shoulders, Le Parisien added a very interesting nugget of information about who could be the man tasked with replacing Galtier if (read: when) he gets fired by PSG.

That perspective coach, of course, would be France World Cup champion and multi-time Champions League winner Zinedine Zidane.

"The great dream of the Emir of Qatar, the owner of PSG, is still Zinedine Zidane," wrote Le Parisien. That's hardly surprising nor shocking, considering there have been contacts between both parties for years now.

The Emir of Qatar, owner of PSG, wants Zinedine Zidane coaching PSG as soon as next season

Just a little over a year ago (Nov. 2021), the same newspaper reported some initial contract talks between PSG and Zidane, although sporting advisor Luis Campos recommended Christophe Galtier to the Parisian board instead of the much better-prepared Zidane. Quite a gamble, and quite a massive mistake judging by the current form and precarious situation of PSG.

The first contact was made when Mauricio Pochettino was still managing PSG. Zidane wanted to prioritize a move to the France national team, but the contract extension (until after the 2026 WC) of Didier Deschamps last December after reaching another World Cup final has closed that door for Zidane once more.

Le Parisien notes how PSG has fired only two coaches mid-season, both during the winter break: Antoine Kombouare (Dec. 2011) and Thomas Tuchel (Dec. 2020). Galtier looks poised to become the third one after his putrid run of results leading up to the elimination from the French Cup last week with PSG just hanging by a thread in the Champions League.

Zidane is obviously not going to arrive before the summer even if Galtier doesn't make it past the second-leg game against Bayern, though. That said, Zizou seems to be in the pole position to take charge of PSG ahead of next season

Next. Christophe Galtier, Luis Campos already on the hot seat. dark

Zidane would find a very good set of open arms in the French capital where he could definitely get to manage another behemoth of a club after reigning supreme at Real Madrid.