On Thursday afternoon, Bayern Munich made public its decision to fire coach Carlo Ancelotti.
According to the club’s official statement, an internal analysis of Wednesday’s 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint Germain and the team’s general situation so far this season, showed that the club leadership had to act.
CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić explained this to Ancelotti “in an open and serious conversation, in which we let him know of our decision”, said Rummenigge.
He thanked Ancelotti for their work together and showed his regret for the recent developments.
He commented further “Carlo is my friend and will remain so, but we had to make a professional decision for Bayern Munich and I expect a positive response from the team with the absolute will to succeed, so that we can reach our objectives for the season.”
Ancelotti’s personal staff, Davide Ancelotti, Giovanni Mauri, Francesco Mauri and Mino Fulco were also sacked. Former Bayern legend and current assistant coach Willy Sagnol will coach the team on an interim basis.
The currently unemployed former Mainz 05 and more recently Borussia Dortmund boss, Thomas Tuchel is likely the leading candidate to replace the Italian tactician full-time and frankly, he is the only option that seems to currently make sense.
Bayern’s 2012/13 treble-winning coach Jupp Heynkes once apparently called Tuchel destined for the job and Heynkes’ successor Pep Guardiola also showed great respect for Tuchel.
The latter was sacked by Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, after having won the German Cup, for differences with the club hierarchy. That might cause trouble, if he does indeed come to Munich.
All of this is speculation for now, but he seems to be the only logical fit, especially when it comes to his tactical know-how.
It is of course impossible to look into the minds of Bayern’s club bosses, but I would not be surprised if talks with Thomas Tuchel were not already underway.