SPORT Mour­inho, Wenger, Guardi­ola on PSG short­list

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Jose Mour­inho, Pep Guardi­ola and Arsene Wenger fea­ture on PSG’s short­list of po­ten­tial re­place­ments for Lau­rent Blanc, but the French­man’s job is not in im­me­di­ate dan­ger, Goal un­der­stands.

Re­ports in France have sug­gested that Blanc would be sacked from his po­si­tion if PSG fail to reach the semi-fi­nals of the Cham­pi­ons League, with the club cur­rently sec­ond in Group A.

How­ever, Goal un­der­stands that the for­mer Manch­ester United de­fender’s fu­ture will likely de­pend on the avail­abil­ity of three of world football’s finest coaches, mean­ing Blanc could well be safe even if he fails to reach his tar­gets.

Mour­inho, un­der pres­sure at Chelsea af­ter an abysmal start to the sea­son, is a prime con­tender to take the job, hav­ing held dis­cus­sions with PSG two years be­fore Blanc’s ap­point­ment.

The Por­tuguese has pub­licly in­sisted that he will not walk away from Chelsea de­spite their poor start to the 201516 cam­paign, although spec­u­la­tion over his fu­ture will only in­crease un­less re­sults dras­ti­cally im­prove.

Wenger, mean­while, has re­jected the ad­vances of Nasser Al-Khe­laifi and PSG on three pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, in 2012, 2013 and 2015 and has thus far de­cided to stay put at the Emi­rates Sta­dium with Ar­se­nal.

Bay­ern boss Guardi­ola would ap­pear a re­al­is­tic tar­get, with the Spa­niard yet to have com­mit­ted to a new con­tract with the Bavar­i­ans, with his cur­rent deal due to ex­pire in 2016.

Guardi­ola has long been cov­eted by Manch­ester City and, with the Premier League club re­main­ing keen ad­mir­ers, they would un­doubt­edly ri­val PSG should the for­mer Barcelona boss an­nounce his de­sire to leave Ger­many.

Goal un­der­stands that Guardi­ola will not make any de­ci­sion over his fu­ture be­fore the end of the cal­en­dar year, with some of Europe’s heavy­weight clubs lin­ing up to lure him to their re­spec­tive leagues.

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