Uli’s on countdown
Bayern want new manager in charge by the end of the international break
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness wants to find a successor to Carlo Ancelotti within the next two weeks and admits the Italian had lost the dressing room.
Ancelotti was dismissed on Thursday in the wake of Bayern’s 3-0 Champions League loss at Paris Saint-Germain 24 hours earlier.
Facing criticism from fans and the media for his failure to accomodate Thomas Muller, Ancelotti’s relationship with Robert Lewandowski, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman was also under strain.
Hoeness told German radio station FFH: “We’re not under any pressure, but after the two week (international) break we want to have a solution.
“As coach, you can’t have your most prominent players as enemies. In my life, I’ve learned a saying: the enemy in your own bed is
“The enemy in your own bed is the most dangerous. We had to act” – Hoeness
the most dangerous. That’s why we had to act.
“The fact that, in my view, in the past few days the coach turned five important players against him – Coman, too, whom he also didn’t let play – at a stroke, he never would have made it.”
Assistant coach Willy Sagnol, the ex-France international, will be in charge of the team for tomorrow’s Bundesliga outing at Hertha Berlin.
Local media suggest two German managers, Thomas Tuchel and Julian Nagelsmann, could be in the frame to replace the Italian.
Tuchel was let go by Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season after differences with the club’s management, while Nagelsmann is in charge of Hoffenheim.
Earlier this month, Bayern lost 2-0 at Hoffenheim and then relinquished a two-goal lead at home to Wolfsburg to draw 2-2 before Wednesday’s bruising loss at the Parc des Princes, their heaviest since losing 3-0 away to Barcelona in the Champions League semifinal first leg in May 2015.
Ancelotti led Bayern to a fifth consecutive Bundesliga title in his first campaign in charge last season 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 DFB Pokal.
Stepping in: Former France right-back Willy Sagnol made 278 appearances for Bayern between 2000-2009.