Carlo Ancelotti 'could be sacked today' as Bayern Munich plan crisis talks
Carlo Ancelotti’s job is hanging in the balance after Bayern Munich’s humiliating 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on Wednesday night.
The Bayern team and management are currently travelling back from Paris and Sportbild says Ancelotti could be sacked later on Thursday when a “crisis meeting” is held in Munich.
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ESPN went a step further, reporting on Thursday afternoon that Ancelotti had left his position at the club.
Chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge spoke after the PSG defeat and said, ominously:
" It was a very bitter defeat. A defeat which must be talked about, which must be analyzed, and from which we must draw consequences. I think what we saw tonight wasn't Bayern Munich. It's important that we turn the tide quickly and present ourselves as Bayern Munich. And then also to show that we're a team that has made a splash in Europe and nationally over the last years, and to return to that."
Bayern chairman Uli Hoeness is thought to want Ancelotti gone, but until recently, Rummenigge had been supportive of the Italian, who was appointed in the summer of 2016 to replace Pep Guardiola.
The result means Bayern are level with Celtic on three points from two matches in Group B, three points behind leaders PSG, Bayern are currently third in the Bundesliga having dropped points twice already in six games
What next? Sagnol and Tuchel?
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If Ancelotti is axed by Bayern then assistant Willy Sangol will take over on an interim basis. Sportbild says that Thomas Tuchel, unemployed after being sacked as Borussia Dortmund manager last season, would be a contender for the full-time job as Rummenigge is known to be an admirer.
However, Hoffenheim's 30-year-old boss Julian Nagelsmann will also surely be part of the conversation, having masterminded Bayern's only Bundesliga defeat of the season and recently admitted in an interview with Eurosport that he would want the job.