Real Fires Manager Carlo Ancelotti After Disappointing Season
“Impatient” owner of Real Madrid Florentino Perez has sacked Manager Carlo Ancelotti after two seasons in-charge despite having won the 10th European Champions League crown for the club in 2013-14. The 55-year-old Italian also won the Spanish Cup last season prior to the European Championship glory.
But this year Real lost the Champions League semifinal tie to Juventus and arch-rivals Barcelona FC went on to win the Spanish La Liga title.
Club president Florentino Perez explained to the press that “it was not an easy decision to be made” and announced the arrival of a new manager next week.
“What did Ancelotti do wrong? I don’t know,” Perez said. “The demands here at Real Madrid are very high. The affection that the players and the fans have for Carlo is the same as the affection I myself have for him.”
Napoli coach Rafael Benitez is the most probable person to take charge at Bernabeu next season after the Italian’s contract expires.
Ancelotti has 3 Champions League titles under his belt. He won it twice with Milan in 2003 and 2007 season before winning it as Real Madrid Manager last season. He also won the Club World Cup last December with Real. But his side was knocked out by Atletico Madrid in the Copa Del Ray in January.
Ancelotti revealed in an Italian newspaper prior to the announcement of his removal that he is planning to take a season-break for a back surgery.
“I must have a back operation because of spinal stenosis that for some time creates a tingle in my hands,” he said.
“I don’t know how long the period of recovery will be,” he added. “I can assure you that I’ve had plenty of offers from Italy, England, Germany. I’m sure they will not be lacking from here until next year.”