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5 famous managers who were sacked after they lost the dressing room

Rohith Nair
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29 Sep 2017, 21:38 IST

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)

Club Atletico de Madrid v FC Bayern Muenchen - UEFA Champions League
Carlo Ancelotti failed to convince senior players of his methods

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.

Also read: Robben refuses to back Ancelotti after PSG thrashing

"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."

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