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.
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.
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.
== Sources ==
"Pep Guardiola to leave Bayern Munich at end of the season" — BBC Sport, December 20, 2015
Marcus Christenson. "Pep Guardiola’s departure at end of season confirmed by Bayern Munich" — The Guardian, December 20, 2015
Michael Kelleher. "Bayern Munich confirm Carlo Ancelotti will replace Pep Guardiola" — Sky Sports, December 20, 2015
== External links ==
Press release. "Guardiola not extending stay - Ancelotti named new FCB coach" — FC Bayern Munich, December 20, 2015