Looks like it’ll be back surgery and a year off for Carlo Ancelotti, and the status of the most-wanted manager in football.
Real Madrid president Florentino Perez announced the firing of Ancelotti at a press conference on Monday.
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As we told you Saturday, Perez was ready to move on from Ancelotti after Real fell in the UEFA Champions League semifinals and finished two points shy of Barcelona for the La Liga title (and 14 points ahead of third-place Atletico).
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And the Italian manager more or less conceded his job status earlier Monday due to a bout with cervical stenosis.
“But I said it in the press conference and I repeat: I will stop for a year, also because I have a very serious reason for stopping.
“I have to have an operation because of my cervical stenosis. For some time, it has been affecting my hands and if I lose any more time, it could pass into legs, so I have an appointment for surgery.
“And, frankly, I do not know how long I have to be physically stopped, in terms of the post-operative phase and the subsequent rehabilitation.
Madrid has employed just four managers for three seasons or more since Miguel Munoz left in 1974.
Ancelotti has thrice won the UEFA Champions League, two times with AC Milan and again with Real Madrid last season. He’s also skippered those clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea and domestic league titles.