Bayern Munich confirmed that Carlo Ancelotti will take over for Pep Guardiola as the team’s head coach next season.
With Pep Guardiola’s contract at Bayern Munich ending following the current campaign, the future of the club and coach had come into question. Reports began to circulate across the pond that Guardiola wanted to try his luck in the Premier League, and that he would be moving on from the Bavarian giants at the conclusion of the season.
On Sunday, Guardiola’s departure was made official, with Bayern Munich’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge announcing who his replacement would be. The 60-year-old released a statement wishing Guardiola the best of luck, and officially declaring that former Real Madrid boss, Carlo Ancelotti, has signed a three-year deal to take over for the Spaniard.
"“We are grateful to Guardiola for everything he has given our club and hope that we will celebrate this season together many successes,” read his statement. “Carlo Ancelotti has enjoyed success everywhere as a coach and has won the Champions League three times. Carlo is a calm, balanced expert, who knows how to deal with stars and favours a multifaceted style of play – we were looking for this, and we have found it. We are looking forward to working with him.”"
Ancelotti was sacked by Real Madrid at the conclusion of last season, and quickly became one of the most sought after coaches in world soccer. He has an impressive resume that includes three UEFA Champions League titles, three UEFA Super Cups, and two FIFA Club World Cups. He has coached some of the biggest clubs across Europe, winning domestically everywhere he went. Along with the aforementioned Real Madrid, the Italian tactician has also spent time with Juventus, Milan, Chelsea, and Paris St-Germain.
Once the news was made official by his new boss, Ancelotti also released a statement.
"“It’s an honour for me to be a part of this great club next season, FC Bayern Munich,” reads the statement. “When I knew of this club’s interest I didn’t want to consider any other offer. I honestly wish FC Bayern Munich and my friend Pep Guardiola the best for the current season. I wish a merry and peaceful Christmas and a happy new year to all Bayern’s fans and to all of you.”"
It is believed that Guardiola will also clarify his future on Sunday, with most under the impression he will take over the helm at Manchester City next season.