Laurent Blanc is looking for work.
Nearly a year after stepping down as France's manager following Les Bleus’ quarterfinal loss to Spain at Euro 2012, the World Cup-winning defender and former Bordeaux boss says he is ready to take on another project.
“Yes, I will [be looking for a new job],” he told La Provence. “But at this moment, there is nothing.” (ESPNFC)
He added: “The one thing I can say is it will not happen with Roma. They are the only club I have had real contact with, and it will not happen.”
This should be music to the ears of Paris Saint-Germain, who would do well to snap up the 47-year-old before another club comes in for him.
At the moment, PSG are trying to squeeze maximum compensation out of Real Madrid for current manager Carlo Ancelotti, although on Thursday, Marca reported the Italian’s arrival in the Spanish capital was imminent.
PSG, meanwhile, were reported to have turned their attention to Swansea’s Michael Laudrup, although when asked about his future, the Dane reiterated his commitment to the Premier League side, saying, “I have repeated it so many times in the last three months. My intention is to stay.” (Mirror)
Not that the newly-crowned Ligue 1 champions had presented him an appealing offer.
According to Marca, club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi had suggested only a one-year contract to Laudrup, operating under the assumption that Leonardo—suspended for nine months after shoving a referee in May—would take over the first team when cleared to return to his duties.
With Laudrup presumably out of the picture, PSG will move on to its next candidate, although if they have any hope of making a meaningful appointment, they will almost certainly have to offer a long-term deal—especially if that candidate turns out to be Blanc.
Clever and calculated, Blanc will only accept a position under the right set of terms. After all, he hasn’t spent nearly a year out of football because he was suddenly forgotten about. He was always going to return to the technical area, but only when the right opportunity presented itself.
PSG represent that opportunity, and he represents PSG’s best bet for continuing to establish itself as a legitimate European power.
Like Ancelotti, Blanc brings a statesmanlike approach to club management. Thoughtful in word and intentional in action, he brings a respectful touch to an often disrespectful game, and he is also a man of principle.
Following his appointment as France's manager in 2010, he immediately suspended the entire 23-man squad that had mutinied at the World Cup in South Africa.
He doesn’t suffer fools lightly, and that sort of hardline would only work in his favour at star-studded PSG.