Where could Carlo Ancelotti end up next season?
Written by: Ali Shibil Roshan
The Italian was sacked by Bayern Munich in October last year.
Having guided his various teams to 17 trophies from the sidelines, Italian tactician Carlo Ancelotti is rightly held up as one of the most successful managers of all-time.
The fact that only six clubs have won more UEFA Champions League trophies than this Italian underlines how successful Ancelotti has been. As a manager, he has ruled world football many times. But, as is natural for someone who has spent this long in the game, he too, has seen his fair share of debacles during his managerial career.
Bayern Munich sacked him. That's a fact, but that doesn't mean the gleaming career he has had is over. He is still in the market for the right opportunity and the demand for him isn't dwindling. Therefore, we are certain to see the AC Milan great back on the touchline soon.
Let's take a look at where he could end up on his next managerial adventure.
Arsenal are potentially one of the hottest destinations for Ancelotti. With long-serving Frenchman Arsene Wenger set to leave at the end of the season the Gunners are on the hunt for a new manager for the first time in over two decades and the Italian is arguably the most high-profile manager in the race to succeed him.
Arsenal have been floundering in the English Premier League despite having a balanced squad. Once a regular name in the top four of Europe's most competitive league, the club are a shadow of their former selves. But, with change beckoning now is a good time for both Arsenal and Ancelotti to make a fresh start in North London.
More importantly, at 58 himself, the Italian presents the perfect blend of long-term stability and short-term success, both boxes that the Gunners are looking to tick.
2. Borussia Dortmund
A return to the Bundesliga, two months after getting sacked, is not impossible for Ancelotti. It won't be a wonder if this 58-year-old former Bayern Munich gaffer comes back to the league as the coach of his former arch-rivals, Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund themselves are struggling. They're seventh in the points table right now and they're out of Europe's elite, UEFA Champions League. They've sacked their coach and has appointed Peter Stoger at their helm, but obviously, he is not a long-term choice.
With Ancelotti jobless, Borussia have the chance to bring in the three-time Champions League winner, which will, in turn, boost the entire squad and will provide them the motivation to resurge.
He won the double during his stay in England
The defending champions of the Premier League, Chelsea's relationship with Antonio Conte isn't amicable right now. The Italian has already gone public about his disagreements with the management and reliable sources have suggested that he might quit the Blues this summer.
With Ancelotti now available, Chelsea have got the unique opportunity to bolster their squad, to stay ready for the upcoming season and obviously, to strengthen their Champions League qualification quest, by bringing back this experienced Italian.
Published: Wed May 16, 2018 08:13 PM IST