Uli’s on count­down

Bay­ern want new man­ager in charge by the end of the in­ter­na­tional break

Sport360 - - Football Bundesliga - By Ry­land James @ry­land­james editorial@sport360.com

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.

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