As reported by Le Parisien, for several weeks PSG manager Mauricio Pochettino has been complaining of internal friction between his coaches and the club’s performance team, with the medical staff caught in the middle.
The coach has become frustrated with the processes by which players return from injury. To pick a player for a matchday squad, Pochettino must gain the approval of the performance team beforehand but, given his regular conversations which each recovering player, the Argentine coach has become irked by the time between a player’s apparent recovery and him being allowed to return to the pitch by the performance team.
With this in mind, the club are set to make personnel changes. Gian Nicola Bisciotti, head of the performance unit, will be reassigned and will no longer be in direct contract with the senior team on a daily basis. He is to be replaced by Nicolas Mayer, a fitness coach and member of Pochettino’s staff, in a bid to improve communication and ease tensions between club coaches and the performance team.
This reorganisation is not meant to affect the medical staff, who Pochettino recently defended at a press conference over Sergio Ramos’ repeated injury issues amid reports in Spain that Ramos was unhappy with club doctors over his long running fitness problems.