Pep Guardiola has decided not to renew his contract with German champions Bayern Munich. Which expires at the end of this season. Pep revealed last week that he had decided what he would do at the end of his contract in the summer and had already informed Bayern of his decision.
Bayern have moved fast to appoint the Spaniards successor with the announcement today that Italian Carlo Ancelotti will be in charge at the Allianz Arena at the start of the 2016/17 season.
Bayern confirmed that Ancelotti has agreed a three-year-deal to take charge of the German giants. Guardiola had been in charge of Munich since 2013 and has guided them to two league titles and a German Cup win so far, whist also winning the UEFA Super Cup and Fifa Club World Cup. Though he is yet to win the Champions League and that must top of his agenda going into the final six months of his reign at the Allianz.
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Bayern currently sit on top of the Bundesliga, eight points clear of closest challengers Borussia Dortmund. Would another league title be enough for Guardiola to go down as a great manager for Bayern Munich or would he need to sign off with a Champions League win? For me the jury is still out on his time at Bayern. Winning the Bundesliga is surely the minimal expected of any Bayern Munich manager.
In a statement of the club’s website chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said of Guardiola: “We are grateful to Pep Guardiola for everything he has given our club since 2013. I am convinced that Pep and our team will now work even more intensively towards achieving our major sporting goals – especially as it is now confirmed that Pep is to leave FC Bayern.”
Rummenigge then talks about the appointment of the new man saying: “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.”
In Carlo Ancelotti Bayern are getting a experienced coach who has tasted success in a number of countries. Ancelotti is the only manager that has won the Champions League on three occasions. Probably one of the deciding factors for Bayern when considering who should replace Guardiola. Despite their dominance of the Bundesliga, Bayern as a club must feel that the Champions League is a competition they should have won on more occasions.
As well as winning the competition on three occasions as a manager, Ancelotti has also won the competition twice as a player. Making the Italian one of only six men to have lifted the trophy both as a player and a manager.
Taking the Bayern job will mean that Ancelotti will have managed in all four of the major footballing nations in Europe. Having managed Reggiana, Parma, Juventus and AC Milan in his home country,Chelsea in England; PSG in France and Real Madrid in Spain.
Now we know that Guardiola is leaving Bayern and that Ancelotti will replace him at the Allianz Arena. The focus will now turn to what Peps next move will be. He has already managed two of the biggest clubs in world in Barcelona and Bayern. It looks like his next move may be to England and the Premier League but where is the question.
There have been reports that he has already agreed to take charge of Manchester City, while many believe he has a desire to manage Manchester United. Or will Roman Abramovich be able to lure him to Stamford Bridge as the long-term replacement for Jose Mourinho?