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Bayern Munich has sacked decorated Italian manager Carlo Ancelotti.
News of the 58-year-old’s dismissal comes hot on the heels of Bayern’s humiliating 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germain, where £364 million rated duo Neymar and Kylian Mbappé linked up to obliterate the German club.
As Bayern is just 10 games into its 2017-2018 campaign, the sacking may seem premature.
However, German media suggests questionable team selections could have driven Ancelotti out of the club.
German newspaper Bild says Ancelotti overlooked key players such as Jérôme Boateng, Arjen Robben, Mats Hummels, and Franck Ribéry in his recent line-ups.
Former Bayern Munich player Lothar Matthäus even hinted at a soured relationship with attacking midfielder Ribéry on Wednesday evening.
Speaking after Bayern’s defeat in Paris, the Sky football expert said: “Franck Ribéry has not been used in Paris. The interpersonal relationship between Ancelotti and Ribéry can not be repaired. It’s been seething for a long time.”
A flawed selection policy has been reinforced by Goal.com, which says Ancelotti “took plenty of criticism” for his PSG line-up.
However, Goal has also criticised Bayern’s transfer policy, its succession planning, and its management at boardroom level.
Bayern is currently third in the Bundesliga and second in its Champions League group.
Ancelotti leaves Bayern with one Bundesliga championship title.