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Auf Wiedersehen Carlo!

Nemanja Lazarevic in Bundesliga, Editorial 29 Sep 2017

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After the humiliating defeat against PSG in the Champions League, Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked by Bayern Munich. Karl Heinz-Rummenigge was less than satisfied with the performance of his team, stating that this was not FC Bayern on the pitch, and that the Bavarians needed to bounce back as quickly as possible if they wanted to defend the title in the Bundesliga. The team from Munich is sitting in third place in the league, and their performance in the Champions League is not as good as expected, which is why the executive chairman decided it was time for a change, even though we are still early in the season. Now, among other ongoing football enhanced offers, bookmakers will have to offer a list of possible candidates for the hot seat at Allianz Arena. 

As it usually happens, the manager pays the ultimate price in these situations, and it seems that Ancelotti expected such an outcome, because there was a lot of bad blood between the Italian manager and the experienced members of the team. Even after the heavy defeat against PSG, when Robben was asked whether his teammates were still behind their manager, the Dutch forward declined to answer. According to Hoeness, the former Real Madrid manager turned lots of players against him in recent weeks, including Hummels, Robben, Ribery, Boateng and Coman, who were on the bench at Parc des Princes. 

Robert Lewandowski was one of the first players to express his discontent publicly. He was criticizing Bayern and his coach for not spending enough money during the summer transfer window, because he believed that the Bavarians needed more players to compete with the biggest teams in Europe. Ancelotti then stated that his players needed time, and that in time they would get better. He denied the rift with the Polish striker, expressing his belief that the striker would finish his career with Bayern.

Another star from the Allianz Arena, Thomas Muller, also had a misconduct with the former boss, stating that he did not feel valued by Carlo Ancelotti, and that he simply doesn’t understand which qualities his manager wants to see in order to include him in the starting line-up. Matthaus blamed the Italian manager for Muller’s poor form this season, but Carlo denied the rift once again, saying that he understands why Muller is unhappy.

It was stated more than once that Robben and Boateng also had a lot of unresolved issues with Ancelotti, and, even though both of them are still coming back from injuries, they did expect more playing time in recent weeks, especially the Dutch forward, but, once again, Ancelotti denied the rift, saying that he “did not understand why players are unhappy”.

It seems that the Italian manager could not cope with the stars of the team and that Bayern Munich officials decided to back the players in this situation, thus letting Ancelotti go. Now, the biggest question is who will be his successor on the bench. According to various sources, the biggest candidates for the position are Willy Sagnol, who already took temporary charge of the team, former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, who is currently between jobs, and Julian Nagelsmann, the young manager of Hoffenheim, who already proved his worth, despite his young age. Since Bayern have no time to lose, we are positive that they will name their new boss very soon.


Nemanja Lazarevic

Working as editor-in-chief at, Nemanja Lazarevic is responsible for organising and managing the team of writers to ensure the content produced on the site meets high industry standards and remains interesting to our readers. As our go-to guy for the football transfer news, he uses an extensive experience in the industry to dig up latest transfer stories from local sources.



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