Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) will experience a major change in the organizational plan. Its deputy chief executive, Jean-Claude Blanc, will leave his post in 2023 after twelve seasons at the club, PSG announced on Monday evening, December 26.
“As part of the ongoing transformation of PSG on [les terrains] and outside (…)will Jean-Claude Blanc (…) a warm farewell to the club, to pursue a new professional challenge in 2023”writes the Parisian club in a press release.
“The new Deputy Director General of PSG will be announced during the year and will be placed under the responsibility of the President and Director General, Nasser Al-Khelaïfi”adds the club, which specifies that “Jean-Claude Blanc’s contract expiry date to be confirmed in the new year”.
Jean-Claude Blanc is a pillar of PSG and a key man in the QSI (Qatar Sports Investments) project. Arriving at the club in November 2011, just a few months after the takeover of the Parisian club by the Qatari sovereign fund, he experienced the prosperous period in PSG’s history – twenty-eight trophies, including eight titles as champion of France.
A big blow for OGC Nice
According to the sports daily The teamJean-Claude Blanc will join the Ineos group, which in particular controls OGC Nice, which would be a big blow to the group of the British billionaire Jim Ratcliffe.
Before joining PSG, Jean-Claude Blanc – a Harvard graduate who was also the general manager of the French Tennis Federation – had been part of the management team at Juventus Turin (2006-2011) as general administrator then president for most of 2009 -2010 season before he gave way to Andrea Agnelli.
“Further senior staff arrivals will be announced in the new year as the club continues its transformation”also wrote PSG, which continues to restructure around the duo Luis Campos-Christophe Galtier, who arrived in the summer of 2022.
Friday, the regional daily The Parisian announced the arrival at the head of PSG communications of the former editor-in-chief of France-Football and head of the Ballon d’Or, Pascal Ferré, along with Michelle Gilbert, current director of communications for Meta, Facebook’s parent company, for France and Southern Europe, and David Sugden.