Departing Paris Saint-Germain manager, Unai Emery, has admitted he hasn’t been the main man at the Ligue 1 club since the arrival of Brazil superstar Neymar from Barcelona for a world-record €222million last summer.
Speaking with Marti Perarnau’s Tactical Room, Emery set the record straight regarding some of the issues that have plagued his second season at Parc des Princes.
“One day, Jorge Valdano [former Real Madrid sporting director] made me think by saying the following: ‘In Barcelona, the leader is Lionel Messi. At Real, it is [president] Florentino Perez. At Atletico Madrid, it is [coach] Diego Simeone.’
“So, a player, a president and a coach – each time, a different leadership profile. I know when I am the main person responsible for a squad and when I am not. It is something that you learn with time and through experience. At each club, you must know which role you occupy and what role the squad has entrusted you with.
“My opinion is that the PSG leader is Neymar. Or, more precisely, will be called Neymar because he is in the process of becoming that,” Emery said.