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Blanc Appointed PSG Manager Paris Saint Germain have appointed former France boss Laurent Blanc as their

new coach. French network BeIn Sport, which is operated by PSG Owners QSI, reported that Blanc had signed a two-year deal with Les Parisans. The 47 year-old is known for his disciplined style of management, and will be expected to build on the work started by outgoing Manager Carlo Ancelotti, who led the Qatari-backed side to a first domestic title in 19 years last season. The appointment of Blanc brings to an end the club’s long drawn out and much publicised search for a coach. Both Andre-Villas Boas and Fabio Capello were both offered the post, but turned the role down. Blanc won plaudits for his leadership skills as a player, captaining the French National side to both World Cup and European Championship glory, and winning numerous domestic trophies in a glittering career that included spells as Barcelona, Napoli, Marseille and Man United. As a manager, Blanc led Boredeux to their first league title for 10 years in 2009 in what was his first foray into management. Then given the unenviable task of changing the fortunes of the French National side after their disastrous World Cup in 2010, Blanc found the going considerably tougher. Despite restoring some national pride with a 22 match unbeaten run, he bowed out with a whimper, resigning after a Quarter Final defeat to Spain at EURO 2012. Le President spent last season unemployed, but was linked to a host of jobs, including Chelsea and Tottenham. However, he has now decided the time is right to continue his fledgling managerial career. Despite an emphasis on man-management, Blanc comes to PSG with a strong footballing ideology and a belief in the style of football he wants his team to play. Speaking in 2012, Blanc said: “I like passing the ball around and I like to keep the ball. I like it when the ball is played out from the back – and I also like my teams to be efficient.” Blanc attracted critics at EURO 2012 for his defensive 4-2-31 formation, but with the opportunity to carve a team in his own style with QSI’s seemingly endless resources, Blanc should be able to play more adventurous football. The former French captain will start work immediately, with his first test coming against former club and reigning French Cup winners Boredeux in the season-opening Trophee des Champions on August 3rd.

PSG: Money Can’t Buy Everything If there was a book on how to not go about your summer business, PSG and QSI could have written the book on it. The billionaire owners entered the summer with huge expectations and a large supply of money, yet have ended up with a manager who was nowhere near the top of their shortlist at the start of May.

Ultimately, this was the first big test of QSI’s leadership. Previously, Ancelotti was the outstanding and obvious candidate for the job. Typically, they set their standards high, attempting to lure Jose Mourinho to le Parc de Princes with a boatload of money and the opportunity to start a new “project”. However, once Mourinho opted for a return to London, the search for a new coach has been frantic and at times shambolic. From meetings with Andre Villas-Boas, to alleged phone calls with Fabio Capello, to numerous links and denials that they were appointing Arsene Wenger, PSG have conducted their business in a hectic and unorganised mannger

The men in charge of footballing matters at PSG are DDG Jean-Claude Blanc and Director of Football Leonardo. The process has proved to be a baptism of fire for both. Whilst Blanc has enjoyed success restoring the fortunes of Juventus, he has little experience of dealing with names such as Wenger, Mourinho and Capello. Leonardo, meanwhile, is someone who has never inspired a great deal of confidence in me. As coach of both Milan clubs, his record was no more than average and remains inexperienced as a Director of Football.

The move represents something of a step into unchartered territory for both club and coach: For Blanc, it’s a change of expectations and style. At Boredeux, he gained a reputation for finding cheap young talents, such as Gourcoff and Diarra, and nurturing them into stars. With PSG, he’ll have near infinite resources and will be expected to bring in quality and near instant success. PSG and QSI, meanwhile, will have to deal with a manager who doesn’t have the same pedigree and experience as Ancelotti, someone who may be more of a long term project and will need some time to adapt to his new club and new challenge. And this where PSG can gain a march on their rivals. Billionaire owners have shown themselves to have quick trigger fingers when it comes to coaches at other clubs in the past. When given time at Boredeux, Blanc was able to slowly carve out an efficient and successful side in his own style. There is no reason why Blanc couldn’t build a side similar at PSG. However, it’s up to the club to keep faith in Blanc and not to press the panic button too hastily. It’s crucial that they don’t either. With Monaco fast emerging as genuine challengers to PSG’s previously dominant spending power, their reign as Kings of France may be more short-lived that they expected.