Unai Emery confirms he will leave PSG

Spanish coach Unai Emery has confirmed he will be leaving French Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain at the end of the season.

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Unai Emery failure to progress past the second knockout round in the Champions League most likely cost him his job

Emery released a statement this afternoon confirm the news which read: “I have told the players I am leaving.

“I thank president Nasser Al Khelaifi, the director of sport Antero Henrique, the supporters and all the players for these two seasons.”

The 46-year-old former Sevilla manager joined Paris Saint-Germain on a two-year deal in June 2016 after guiding his former Spanish club to three successive Europa League triumphs. His contract expires this summer with the club directors at PSG not deciding to offer him a new contract.

Failure to get past the last-16 in the Champions League this term was the most likely contributor to the Spanish manager not being offered a new extended deal.

Although he delivered the French Ligue 1 title this year failure in Europe and the PSG boards desire to win Europe’s premier club competition was the deciding factor.

After a summer of heavy spending, many fans and the PSG board expected Emery to deliver a clean sweep of titles by the end of this season.

The departure now means the door is open clear for former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel to take over as first-team head coach before pre-season starts in July. The former Dortmund manager has been rumoured to have signed a deal already, with PSG waiting until the end of the season to announce any news.

Emery will now be linked with a host of vacant managerial positions currently available around Europe, with a return to La Liga and possibility or a new challenge in the Premier League. He could possibly be a contender to take over from Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.