Maybe it was inevitable. When Bayern Munich lost 3-0 to Paris Saint-Germain on Wedensday in the Champions League, the writing was on the wall for coach Carlo Ancelotti. Bayern has confirmed that the veteran Italian coach has left the club.
Breaking: #FCBayern part ways with Carlo Ancelotti.— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) September 28, 2017
It comes as a disappointing end to the tenure of a coach who is so respected in the footballing community. Ancelotti, who was under contract until June 2019 and was brought in by the Bavarians to win the elusive UEFA Champions League, did not enjoy a smooth tenure in Germany. After a flying start with a 6-0 win over Werder Bremen, the Italian endured several setbacks during his stay — most notably the poor form of World Cup winner Thomas Muller, for which he was blamed.
For a man with a reputation for being a Champions League specialist, the loss to PSG was likely the last straw. The Bavarians, who sit third in the Bundesliga table after six games are already three points off the pace from league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Assistant coach, and former longtime Bayern player, Willy Sagnol will take charge of the team on an interim basis, beginning with Sunday’s Bundesliga match at Hertha Berlin.