Former Real Madrid President Ramon Calderon believes Carlo Ancelotti’s is living on borrowed time at the club.
The Italian’s position as boss at the Santiago Bernabeu now looks increasingly shaky following the Champions League semi-final exit at the hands of Juventus.
If, as looks likely, Los Blancos end the 2014-15 campaign without a major trophy in the cabinet, Calderon insists it will be more or less impossible for Ancelotti to keep his job.
“Real Madrid is a very difficult club for a Coach,” he told Talksport’s Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast show.
“In the last 40 years there has only been one man who has lasted more than three seasons.
“I don’t think either the Coach or the club have made their minds up yet.
“He says he wants to stay but also added that he knows the way the football world works.”
Reports in England have suggested that Ancelotti is on Manchester City’s radar if they decide to dispense with Manuel Pellegrini’s services at the end of the season, while Pep Guardiola is also being touted as a possible replacement.
Calderon was invited to comment on Gareth Bale’s future at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I think he’ll stay. As I always say, it's the player who decides whether he leaves or not. I don't see Real Madrid selling him now, having paid more than €100m for him.
“He'll only leave if he says, 'I'm not happy here, I want to leave'. That's the only situation I can see him leaving the club.
“He wasn't the worst player on the pitch against Juventus, he was unlucky not to score, and I don’t think he’s been a failure.
“He cost more than Cristiano Ronaldo so people are always going to compare Bale with him. They want to see him be better than Ronaldo, to score more goals. It's impossible, though.
“It's unfair to say he's failed. Real Madrid are very demanding, they want to win every title every year, but it's impossible."