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Patrick Kluivert steps down from the Director of Football role at PSG

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The former Netherlands international has left his position with mutual consent with the Ligue 1 side just after a single season.

Patrick Kluivert has left his role of Director of Football at PSG just after a single year in charge.

Former Netherlands, Ajax, Barcelona and AC Milan striker Kluivert was appointed to the role in July 2016 but presided over a disappointing debut campaign for coach Unai Emery.

PSG’s dominance in French football was ended by Monaco’s young side lead by Leonardo Jardim, as the principality side won the Ligue 1 title. Although they won the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue, it was an unsuccessful season as they finished 2nd in the League. Unai Emery’s men were below par in Europe as well, after a stunning 4-0 victory against Barcelona in the 1st leg. They could not see it off in the 2nd leg as they were demolished by the score of 6-1 by the Spanish giants and their campaign ended in the round of 16.

President Nasser Al-Khelaifi has backed Emery to continue as PSG’s coach, but the club has replaced outgoing sporting director Olivier Letang with Antero Henrique in a time where the club is looking to bring back the glory to Paris.

“The club would like to underline the quality of the relationships Patrick developed, over recent months, with the senior team players and staff as well as with the administrators, educators and players at the youth academy and their families,”

a PSG statement released on Friday read.

“The club would like to thank Patrick Kluivert for the great professionalism he always showed and wishes him all the best for the challenges he chooses to take on in the years to come.”

So with Kluivert’s departure, it is very much necessary for Unai Emery to get things right in the next season otherwise he might be the next one to be axed from the French capital.