Bayern Munich parts ways with Carlo Ancelotti

Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti watches his team during a Champions League Group B soccer match between Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris, France, Wednesday, Sept. 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
AP Photo/Christophe Ena

[UPDATE]: Bayern Munich has formally announced that the club will be led by Jupp Heynckes for the rest of the season.

Bayern Munich announced on Thursday morning that the heralded club has cut ties with manager Carlo Ancelotti, a move that comes on the heels of a 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain on Wednesday.

The club’s official statement, per Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, reads as follows:

“Our team’s performances since the start of the season have not met our expectations. The match in Paris clearly showed we had to take immediate action. Hasan Salihamidžić and I met Carlo today for full and frank discussions where we informed him of our decision. I’d like to thank Carlo for his time working with us and I’m sorry about the way it has developed. Carlo is my friend and he will remain so, but we had to take a professional decision in the interests of FC Bayern. I expect the team to produce a positive response and show absolute determination to achieve our targets for the season.”

Assistant coach Willy Sagnol will now take the reins when the club travels to Hertha Berlin via the Bundesliga on Sunday. Since April 4 of last season, Bayern Munich had been on a skid under the direction of the now fired manager, winning only 11 games over the last 21 tries with six slashes in the loss column.

Ancelotti, who previously replaced Pep Guardiola back in 2016, won the Bundesliga title in his season debut. Per ESPN, potential candidates to take the job are Thomas Tuchel, formerly of Borussia Dortmund, and current Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann.

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