Official: Madrid sack Ancelotti

Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as the Coach of Real Madrid after almost two years in charge.

The club’s President Florentino Perez announced his decision at a Press conference on Monday, in which he thanked the Italian for his work at the Santiago Bernabeu, most notably ending an 11-year wait for La Decima.

Ancelotti replaced Jose Mourinho in the summer of 2013, fresh from lifting Paris Saint-Germain’s first Ligue 1 title in two decades, and inherited a squad that was reportedly divided by the Portuguese’s decision to cut Iker Casillas from the first team.

He quickly set about restoring the harmony in the dressing room and led the side to a Copa del Rey and Champions League double in his first season, thus ending their drawn-out pursuit of a 10th European cup.

The 2014-15 campaign started brightly enough, with triumphs in both the UEFA Super Cup and Supercopa, followed by a club-record 22 straight wins between September and December and a Club World Cup in Morocco.

However, a failure to defend the Champions League or Copa del Rey, along with coming up short in the race for La Liga, has sealed the 54-year-old’s fate.

The announcement also comes in spite of the players’ wishes, including those of Cristiano Ronaldo, to continue working under the former Chelsea and Milan boss.

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