Ancelotti to replace Guardiola as Bayern Munich manager

Monday, December 21, 2015

Munich-based football club Bayern Munich yesterday announced their current manager Pep Guardiola would remain only to this season's end. Former Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti would replace the Spaniard next season.

File photo of Pep Guardiola
Image: Thomas Rodenbücher.

Bayern under Guardiola won back-to-back Bundesliga titles and one German Cup since summer of 2013. Ancelotti, winner of three UEFA Champions Leagues — two for A.C. Milan, one for Real Madrid — would sign for three years with the German Champions. Besides the Champions Leagues, he also won the Premier League with Chelsea F.C.

It's an honour for me to be part of this great club next season, FC Bayern Munich.

—Carlo Ancelotti

File photo of Carlo Ancelotti
Image: Mohan.

44-year-old Guardiola previously coached the current FIFA Club World Cup champions FC Barcelona, and won the Champions League with the Catalonia club twice.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the club's Chief Executive, praised Guardiola's contributions to Bayern after confirming the news. 56-year-old Ancelotti said "It's an honour for me to be part of this great club next season, FC Bayern Munich. When I knew of the 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." He also thanked the Club via tweet yesterday evening, "Thanks ! @FCBayernEN #MiaSanMia".

Bayern player Thomas Müller said "We'll see what happens. Regardless of who is coach, the squad just wants to keep winning". Bayern is now scheduled to face Italian Juventus F.C. in the 2015–16 UEFA Champions League Last 16.