Robert Pires has "confidence" in Laurent Blanc for Paris Saint-Germain

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Robert Pires gives his backing to Laurent Blanc, who is expected to become PSG's new coach.

Former France international Robert Pires has insisted that his old teammate Laurent Blanc would be a good fit to be Paris Saint-Germain's next coach.

Although PSG are yet to confirm the deal, it has been reported that the Ligue 1 side are close to agreeing terms with Blanc, with current boss Carlo Ancelotti likely to join Real Madrid.

"With the French team he certainly made mistakes, but he knows that; he's aware of that," ESPN quotes Pires as saying. "It's certainly going to be a lesson to him. He knows that PSG are very strong and have big characters. It's up to him to handle the dressing-room well.

"The question is whether or not he can do that. I think he can, because he has experience. He's a young coach, but he knows what winning means. He proved it as a player and at Bordeaux. I think it's good news for PSG. He also knows that there will be big expectations of him.

"He knows that he wasn't among their priorities, because a lot of names have been mentioned. It's a new step for him, a step up. He's going to be able to show that he can handle a dressing-room with great players with strong personalities, and for some of them, a lot of ego. But I have confidence in him because he's got experience."

Blanc left his post with France a year ago.

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