Former Valencia, Liverpool and Inter Milan boss strongly linked with Parc des Princes move.
Paris Saint-Germain are lining up former Liverpool boss Rafael Benitez to take over from under-pressure coach Antoine Kombouare, according to reports.
PSG emerged 3-2 winners in an entertaining clash with struggling Auxerre on Sunday night to move them back to within three points of Ligue 1 leaders Montpellier after they lost three consecutive matches in all competitions. However, owners Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) are believed to be unhappy with their start to the season and are ready to change manager.
TV station Al-Jazeera have reported that, after lengthy discussions between board members at the Parc des Princes over the weekend, QIA are ready to pull the trigger and turn to Benitez.
Whilst it’s true there are a load of respected sources claiming that Rafa Benitez may be on his way to the Ligue 1 big spenders it’s also true that the Spaniard’s agent has stated that his client has not met anyone from PSG or indeed been to Paris recently. So not sure what to make of this.
It does appear that there are murmurings of discontent with current boss Antoine Kombouare but it is worth noting that PSG currently sit in second spot in the French league table, which is by no means a mean feat for a club who has not won a title in almost two decades.
People will of course point to the amount of money the 48 year old former PSG and Nantes defender has been handed to improve the club’s squad but it will of course take time to get his many new players, nine of them, to gel.
Benitez on the other hand will be enjoying Inter Milan’s horrendous start to the season, not because the former Liverpool boss is a man who holds a grudge, but more because those who stated he did an awful job at the San Siro during his very short reign can now see for themselves that the Nerazzurri’s problems run far deeper than the appointment of the Spaniard.