Dismissing Carlo Ancelotti as coach was an emotional experience for Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says he cried when he sacked Carlo Ancelotti.
The Italian boss was fired by the Bundesliga giants in September 2017 after a 3-0 Champions League defeat at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain. Ancelotti led Bayern Munich to the Bundesliga title in his only full season in charge, but poor performances in Europe saw him depart.
Rummenigge was tasked with informing the former Chelsea, AC Milan and Real Madrid head coach of the club’s decision to move him on, with the experience proving emotional for Bayern’s chairman.
“First of all, I think Ancelotti is a good manager,” former Germany striker Rummenigge was quotes saying by Süddeutsche Zeitung. “Unfortunately, Bayern were not going well after a year and a half and Ancelotti did not get the results we were expecting in the second season.
“But Ancelotti is a good man, a real friend for me. He is always incredibly calm. I have worked with a lot of managers, each with different skills and abilities. But only he has the ability to always stay calm, even during difficult moments.
“I remember I had the task to sack him. I was about to cry. Ancelotti understood the situation, he gave me a hug and said: ‘It’s fine. You are not my boss anymore, but we are still friends. So, I cried because I was not expecting those words from him in that moment. He was not upset. I realized he was a really good man.”