Exiting PSG boss Cayzac slams players

April 22, 2008

PARIS, April 22 (Reuters) - Outgoing Paris St-Germain chairman Alain Cayzac blamed his players on Tuesday for a crisis which threatens the Ligue 1 club with relegation for the first time.

'If we have reached that point, it's perhaps because of the chairman, it's perhaps because of the coach, it's a lot because of the players,' he told a news conference a day after announcing his resignation.

'I'm angry with the players because they played the first part of the season gripped by fear.

'It's hard to play in Paris because of the pressure but when you play in Paris you are not allowed to be scared,' he added.

'I told them so on Monday. I also told them that nobody is asking them to love each other but that I ask them to present a united front because today the destiny of the club is at their feet.'

Cayzac said he had made several proposals to save the club, including appointing Jose Mourinho or Gerard Houllier as general manager.

But the main shareholder, property investment company Colony Capital, had decided to restructure the management after a 3-0 defeat at Caen on Saturday.

'The Caen thrashing prevented us from finding a solution,' he said.

The result has put the club in danger of relegation for the first time since they were promoted to the first division in 1974, four years after they were founded.

PSG have won three French titles, lifted the French Cup seven times and the League Cup three times. But they are 18th in the standings and three points adrift of Racing Lens, the first club above the drop zone, with four games to play.

Michel Moulin, director of media group Hersant, has been appointed as a 'sports advisor' with the task of keeping the club up and Cayzac said he had nothing against him.

'The shareholders wanted me to stay without any influence on the sporting side of management,' he said. 'If you take away from a club chairman the sporting side, he has nothing left to do apart from sharpening knives and I didn't want to do that.'