Ancelotti, who succeeded Pep Guardiola at the Bavarian outfit last season, helped the club win the Bundesliga title, but after an unconvincing start both domestically and in Europe, was sacked by the club hierarchy.
The German champions drew back-to-back Bundesliga games in a space of two weeks, and currently sit five points behind league leaders Borussia Dortmund.
Meanwhile, former boss Louis van Gaal had a successful time in Munich earlier in his first spell before leading the Netherlands to a third place finish in the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Post that, the acclaimed tactician could not revive Manchester United during a 2-year spell at the club that saw him win the FA Cup.
Although Van Gaal, who faced the axe in England last summer, isn’t the only manager in contention for the job. Besides him, former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel, Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann, and surprisingly, Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp too, have been linked for the coveted post.
Van Gaal has had an illustrious career after spells at Barcelona and Bayern, and the Dutchman’s return could be an interesting prospect for the team, despite his frustrating time at Old Trafford.
Given his strained relation with the Bavarian hierarchy, however, it would be highly difficult to see him at the Allianz Arena. But if the speculation does come true, and both parties can agree a deal, it will certainly be a huge moment in European football.
Written by Rajdeep Saha
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