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PSG must show progress for Unai Emery's job to be secure

Gab Marcotti cautions against reading too much into the vote of confidence given to Unai Emery by PSG's chairman.

The adjective "dreaded" before "vote of confidence" is only there because we remember the times a manager gets sacked after being reassured he won't be, rather than when we're told he has full support and nothing happens.

That's worth bearing that in mind when considering the backing of PSG boss Nasser Al-Khelaifi of coach Unai Emery following the Champions League debacle in Barcelona. In other words, it would be worse for Emery -- and the way he's perceived -- if Al-Khelaifi said nothing.

That said, it's by no means guaranteed that Emery will be back next season. And nor should it. Not so much because of what happened at the Nou Camp -- there were refereeing calls that went against PSG and Barcelona took things to an otherworldly level -- but because it's not clear to what degree the club have progressed, especially relative to domestic opposition.

A year ago this past weekend, PSG were mathematically clinching the league with a 9-0 win at Troyes. Today, they're three points in arrears of Monaco and just two ahead of third-place Nice, who they visit on April 29.

It's not just about PSG not winning the French title, it's the fact that finishing third really does matter in terms of the Champions League. It could see them matched up against Borussia Dortmund, Atletico Madrid, Manchester United, Manchester City or someone of a similar ilk in the qualifying round.

Not only would that be no fun at all, but it could also condemn them to the Europa League. And that's a chance PSG really don't want to take.

For more on Emery's future at PSG, and to read more of Marcotti's thoughts on what happened over the previous week, click here.