Ancelotti axed by Napoli

Tanya Simon
December 11, 2019

Napoli sit seventh in Serie A and their win against Genk was their first in 10 matches in all competitions.

Napoli manager Carlo Ancelotti, who has come under intense scrutiny over the club's form, said afterward that he would not resign but didn't rule out an imminent departure.

Napoli have sacked manager Carlo Ancelotti despite the club's progression to the last 16 of the Champions League on Tuesday night.

His side, inspired by a first-half hat-trick from Arkadiusz Milik, outclassed Genk 4-0 in Group E but the 60-year-old was shown the door just three hours after the final whistle, with Italian media naming Gennaro Gattuso as favourite to replace him.

Ancelotti shot to prominence in 2009 when he won UEFA's Intertoto Cup with Juve before embarking on a eight-year stint with Milan, where he won two Champions League titles and the Scudetto.

"Resignation? I have never resigned in my life and I never will", he said.

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Ancelotti was in his second season at Napoli.

Union FIFPro said they would back the players against "further abuse and intimidation", calling De Laurentiis' decision to fine his squad "unjustified". But his relationship with De Laurentiis has reportedly soured in recent months.

Ancelotti, a three-time victor of the Champions League as a coach, has now been sacked by his last three clubs having previously been fired by both Bayern Munich and Real Madrid.

He guided the team to a runners-up finish in Serie A last season, when they missed out on the Champions League last 16 on goal difference to eventual winners Liverpool.

After the game, Ancelotti acknowledged that he didn't know if he'd still be in charge for the team's next game. "I hope to stay but that is a decision the president will make".

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