AC Milan boss Carlo Ancelotti has been warned that he could face the axe should the Italian giants fail to finish at least third in the Serie A, according to Sky Sports.
Pressure has been slowly mounting on Ancelotti ever since the club finished fifth in last year’s Serie A, resulting in UEFA Cup football rather than the expected UEFA Champions League finish. Now speculation that Ancelotti will face the sack has doubled with rivals Inter seemingly assured of the Serie AÃ‚Â on top of Milan’s humiliating exit in the UEFA Cup at the first knockout stage.
Ancelotti’s side now sit third in the table with Fiorentina, Roma and Genoa all capable of overtaking the club and have won just once in the past six games in all competitions.
This lack of form has caused AC Milan’s outspoken vice-president Adriano Galliani to tellÃ‚Â Gazzetta dello Sport: “Carlo Ancelotti will stay if we finish third,”
Ancelotti himself has revealed he beleives there will be changes should the club not achieve a top three position, telling press: “As for my future, it’s clear that should Milan fail to get third place something could change, also for me. But I’m convinced we will be third so there won’t be problems”,
“It’s true in this moment we have difficulties, and that we are not at 100 per cent, but this won’t forbid us to play a good match here and to enjoy the local audience”, he admitted ahead of a friendly in Doha.
The news will bring hope to the Chelsea board who are looking to bring Ancelotti in for next season although reports elsewhere suggest that the Italian manager may be after a more unusual job should he leave Milan.
Website goal.com reprots that Ancelotti has expressed his desire to take over the Ivory Coast national side for the World Cup in 2010.
Ancelotti said: “I will be free for them for the World Cup, They have great talent – we can surprise people. Nobody believes me, but it would be a great honour for me.”
The comments have fuelled speculation that a deal is already in the works for Ancelotti to take over, though current Ivory Coast coach Vahid Halilhodzic has dismissed the story as pure speculation.
Sources: Sky Sports, Gazzetta dello Sport, Goal.com
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