Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked by the La Liga giants following the club’s failure to win any silverware this season.
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The Italian has been shown the door after just two seasons in charge at the Bernabeu.
He lead Real Madrid to the Spanish Cup and a 10th Champions League crown last season, however his side were knocked in the Champions League semi-finals this month and lost out on the La Liga title to rivals Barcelona.
Club president Floretino Perez confirmed the decsion in a news conference on Monday.
“The board of directors have decided this evening to relieve Carlo Ancelotti of his duties,” he is quoted as saying by Reuters.
“It was a very difficult decision… but we have not come to Real Madrid to take easy decisions but to take decisions that we believe are the best for an institution that is a reference point around the world.
“The demands are huge and we believe it is the right moment to give fresh impetus that will allow us to win more titles and reach our optimum competitive level in a new phase.”
Ancelotti’s deal ran through until the end of the 2015/16 season, but the BBC reports that Napoli boss Rafael Benitez is favourite to land the now-vacant position.
The 55-year-old is now expected to take a year out of football to undergo back surgery.
“I must have a back operation because of spinal stenosis that for some time creates a tingle in my hands,”http://www.ilgiornale.it/news/sport/caro-milan-ecco-perch-non-posso-proprio-venire-1132682.html” target=”_blank” rel=”nofollow”>Ancelotti told Il Giornale.
“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.”