Bayern Munich on Thursday fired manager Carlo Ancelotti after Wednesday’s defeat to Paris Saint-Germain and immediately replaced him with Willy Sagnol as interim coach.
The reason for the 58-year-old’s sack may not be unconnected to their 3-0 humbling in the Champions League clash in Paris.
The Italian gaffer came under heavy criticism for dropping Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Mats Hummels out of the starting XI.
He was afterwards questioned by the Bayern board over some of his decisions the next day, as German newspaper Sport Bild revealed that crisis talks with the higher-ups were scheduled on Thursday.
Bayern CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said the Wednesday’s Champions League performance was “not Bayern Munich” adding that the club needed to discuss it.
Rummenigge said on Thursday after the sack, “The performance of the team since the start of the season did not meet the expectations we put to them.
“The game in Paris clearly showed that there had to be consequences. Sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and I gave Carlo an open and serious talk today and informed him of our decision.
“I would like to thank Carlo for his cooperation and regret this development. Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision based on Bayern’s interests.
“I now expect the team to have a positive development and absolute determination, so we can reach our goals for this season.”