5 famous managers who were sacked after they lost the dressing room
When it comes to being a successful football manager, tactics and man-management must always go hand-in-hand. There are several world class tacticians in football today but only a select few have succeeded in managing the dressing room and keeping every player happy.
There have been times when the manager suddenly becomes a square peg in a round hole and the players stop responding to him. In such cases, the club management has no choice but to let go of the manager as that is a much easier task than getting rid of high-profile players.
We look at five famous managers who lost the dressing room during their tenure at top clubs.
1) Carlo Ancelotti (Bayern Munich)
Until 2017, Carlo Ancelotti had never been sacked midway through a season. No matter how bad things got during his tenure, he was always able to see out the campaign before moving on - be it at Juventus, Chelsea or Real Madrid.
One of only two coaches to win the UEFA Champions League three times as a manager (the other being Liverpool's Bob Paisley), and having managed a host of top clubs, you would expect a well-traveled manager like him to have things under control when he replaced Pep Guardiola at Bayern Munich.
Bayern were supposed to improve on their semi-final finishes in the Champions League - the primary reason why Ancelotti was brought in. However, all they won was the Budnesliga title in a league that had nobody to upstage them - clearly evident form the 15-point lead they had by the end of the season.
Players soon lost trust in the manager; most noticeably Arjen Robben, who did not agree with the number of minutes he was getting on the pitch. A few spoke out in the media but declined to discuss the matter in-depth.
Five players turned against Ancelotti and they included Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller. The club were also not satisfied with the way the team were playing.
It all came to a head following a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League. It was the final straw and he was gone two days later.
"What we saw today was not Bayern Munich." - Chief Executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
Even Bayern president Uli Hoeness admitted the players were not in favour of Ancelotti continuing in his role.
"As coach, you can’t have your most prominent players as enemies,” Hoeness said. “In my life, I’ve learned a saying: the enemy in your own bed is the most dangerous. That’s why we had to act."