Ligue 1 champions Paris Saint-Germain have announced that head coach Laurent Blanc has left the club with immediate effect after three trophy-laden seasons in Paris.
The 50-year-old had been in a precarious position since the Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Manchester City in March, despite winning Ligue 1 at a canter.
The defeat against Manchester City at the quarter-final stage was the third time in succession, but the first two defeats came against Barcelona. The tie against City was seen by many in France as an opportunity for PSG to take the step into becoming European giants after years of domination in their domestic league.
Blanc led his team to the Ligue 1 trophy last season by a staggering 31 points and followed that with victory in the Coupe de France which made it a successive season with a domestic quadruple.
But the three Ligue 1 titles, along with the eight other domestic titles, were not enough for PSG owner Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who has pumped millions of euros into the club in order to secure Champions League glory.
Al-Khelaifi had said in the aftermath of the defeat against City that Blanc would be staying at the club and pointed to the two-year deal the former Manchester United defender signed in February.
But his comments earlier this month signalled a change in the managerial department when he said “big changes will happen” before adding a sense of “failure” hanging over the club.
Reports are suggesting Sevilla manager Unai Emery may become Blanc’s successor after the Spaniard conquered Europe again with the La Liga outfit after beating Liverpool 3-1 in the Europa League final last month.