Berlin - Bayern
Munich have sacked coach Carlo Ancelotti in the wake of their Champions
League defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain, the club announced
"Following an internal analysis in Munich on Thursday
28 September 2017... the club is to part company with head coach Carlo
Ancelotti with immediate effect," Bayern said in a statement on their
Former player Willy Sagnol, the ex-France international
who had been serving as an assistant to Ancelotti, has been named
Pressure had already been building on Ancelotti
with Bayern enduring an inconsistent start to the season before losing
3-0 to PSG in the French capital on Wednesday.
After that game the
Italian was questioned by German media about his tactics and team
selection, following his decision to leave Franck Ribery, Arjen Robben
and Mats Hummels on the bench at kick-off.
"The performance of our
team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put
to them," said Bayern chairperson Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
in Paris clearly showed that we had to draw consequences. (Sporting
director) Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious discussion
with Carlo today and informed him of our decision.
"Carlo is my
friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision in
the interests of FC Bayern. I now expect the team to have a positive
development and top performance, so we can reach our goals for this
Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga table after
six games, three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, before
visiting Hertha Berlin on Sunday.
They have not been so far off
the pace at the top of the Bundesliga so early in a season since
2010/11, when Dortmund went on to win the title and Bayern finished
Ancelotti, 58, led Bayern to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga
title last season in his first campaign in charge after succeeding Pep
Guardiola at the Allianz Arena.
However, the Bavarians lost to
Real Madrid in the quarter-finals of the Champions League and to
Dortmund in the semi-finals of the German Cup.
Ancelotti has also coached Parma, Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, PSG and Real Madrid.
the potential replacements being mentioned is Thomas Tuchel, currently a
free agent after leaving Dortmund at the end of last season.