PSG’s head coach, Unai Emery, has told club president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, that if they are to continue, he needs to be listened to.
According to Marca, Emery has offered an interview to So Foot magazine, in which he detailed his current situation at PSG and the working relationship with the higher hierarchy at Parc des Princes.
Emery says that now he has much more decision power in Paris, after having threatened to leave last summer. “I informed president Nasser Al-Khelaifi that if he wants us to continue together, he will have to listen to me and do the changes as I tell him through the voice of the sporting director.”
PSG have recently changed their sporting director, replacing Patrick Kluivert with Enrique Antero, the former sporting director of Porto. Unai Emery said about the change: “The president decided to change Kluivert with Antero and I have a better collaboration with the new sporting director.”
Antero is seen as one of the main artisans of Neymar Jr’s arrival to Parc des Princes in a world record deal of €222m. Emery clarified that it was his intention to get involved in the sports department of the club, but not to overlap with the functions of the sporting director. The Spanish manager said that when he arrived at PSG, in 2016, he stood aside of the decision making unit, but that’s not the case anymore: “When I arrived, I said that everything is in order, because I didn’t knew the team so well and I decided to trust them.”
Emery still thinks that his team is lacking something when it comes to the big Champions League matches: “PSG is a team that usually wins, but we lack the small things in important moments and this is something we have to work on with the more experienced players. In the last years, Barcelona and Real Madrid have won the Champions League, but this was not the case 10-15 years ago. PSG is in the same situation that Real Madrid and Barcelona were in 15 years ago.”