PSG must face the unexpected departure of its precious deputy general manager Jean-Claude Blanc, recently made official, and no less than five names are in competition according to information from L’Equipe. All related to sport, they are however not all at the same point since two of them would have taken the lead.
Present at PSG for more than eleven years, the future ex-deputy general manager of the club Jean-Claude Blanc must now be replaced, he who will take up his post at the head of the INEOS sports pole on February 1st. This unexpected departure, which is at the initiative of the manager, has created a great void within the club where he was a major player, if not essential. His replacement is therefore particularly complex to find, but PSG ensures that his successor will be known no later than the second half of 2023.
As L’Equipe points out, Blanc managed many things within the club, including the club’s institutional relations, those with politicians in general (including former president Nicolas Sarkozy), the Paris City Hall or the prefecture. of Paris police. A broad relational panel which must also be supplemented by a solid background as a general manager, preferably in a football club.
Five names including a foreigner
According to L’Equipe, no less than five names have already been mentioned within PSG and the first leads to an internal candidate, Secretary General Victoriano Melero. Arrived several years ago and presented at the time as the possible successor to a Jean-Claude Blanc then announced at the head of the Paris Olympics, the lawyer debauched at the FFF knows some of the starter’s files well, in particular financial fair play or relations with French football authorities. But within the PSG, we would rather move towards a person who would not be at the club today.
Three candidates come together on this profile outside the club, including two who are very close to it. Acting president at the time of QSI’s arrival, Benoît Rousseau is one of them and he also heads the PSG association, the club’s amateur section. He has his good knowledge of football and the shareholder on his side. On this last point, it is difficult to do better than Sophie Jordan, ex-lawyer of Nasser Al-Khelaïfi and close for more than a decade. She is also still on the board of directors of QSI and PSG even if she moved away from beIN Sports in 2021.
Another name mentioned, that of Benjamin Morel who currently leads the six nations rugby tournament after having been the vice-president of the NBA in Europe. However, the track seems very complicated since it would be expected within the CVC investment fund which has invested heavily in Ligue 1 during the year. These four possible leaders have one thing in common, that of speaking perfect French, which is an important point of the position given the necessary relationship.
However, the profile of Ivan Gazidis would also be monitored by PSG. Well known in European football since he was the general manager of Arsenal and AC Milan in the past, he is regularly presented as a size in the field and he would be appreciated by Nasser Al-Khelaïfi according to the sports newspaper. The PSG would not rule out the arrival of a foreigner at the post of Jean-Claude Blanc and two names among the cities would have even taken the lead.
While waiting to find his successor, Jean-Claude Blanc and PSG have agreed that the latter will provide a form of interim with his successor until the end of the current season.