New era in management : Managers, victims of their own success?-essentiallysports.com

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Louis van Gaal (Bayern Munich):

Louis van Gaal, widely known as one of the most tactically sound coaches in modern football, was appointed by Bayern Munich at the start of the 2009-10 season, as a successor to Jurgen Klinsmann. The Dutchamn enjoyed a terrific first season, leading Bayern to victories in the Bundesliga and the German cup, apart from missing out on a treble, which was denied by his would-be Manchester United successor, Jose Mourinho, in the Champions League final against Inter Milan.

The following season was a complete opposite of the first for Van Gaal, as his side constantly struggled to even get into the Champions League spots. The Bavarian giants released a statement midway through the season that they would be cancelling the former Barcelona manager’s contract at the end of the season, and subsequently sacked him one month prior to the season’s end, with Bayern sitting at the fourth position, one place off the Champions League qualifying spots.

Carlo Ancelotti (Chelsea):

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If an award for being the most insecure destinations for football managers ever becomes a reality, Chelsea would be clear favourites to clinch the title – in the last 21 years, the London club have had 17 different managers, a phenomenon which has proliferated ever since Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich bought the club. But out of all these managers, none was more undeserving to be sacked than Carlo Ancelotti.

The current Bayern Munich manager was reportedly Sir Alex Ferguson’s first choice as his successor at Manchester United, which speaks volumes of the Italian’s footballing acumen. Appointed by Chelsea to satisfy the cravings of free flowing football at Stamford Bridge, Ancelotti delivered a juggernaut. He brought out the best of the likes of Nicolas Anelka, Didier Drogba and Frank Lampard, as Chelsea scored a record 103 goals that season, which was the first instance of a club crossing the 100-goal mark in the history of the Premier League, enroute to winning the  English title and the league cup, Chelsea’s first ever double. Despite finishing second the next season, Ancelotti was informed of his sacking after Chelsea’s last league fixture, a decision which is widely considered to be the most gut-wrenchingly unfair one.

 

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