Football: Ancelotti to replace Guardiola at Bayern

Carlos Ancelotti (left) will be replacing Pep Guardiola as head coach of Bayern Munich at the end of the season.
Carlos Ancelotti (left) will be replacing Pep Guardiola as head coach of Bayern Munich at the end of the season.PHOTO: REUTERS

(AFP) - Pep Guardiola will leave Bayern Munich as head coach at the end of the season and be replaced by Carlos Ancelotti, club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge told the newspaper Bild on Sunday.

"We appreciate everything Guardiola gave to our club and hope to celebrate a lot of success this season," Rummenigge told Bild.

"With Ancelotti, we have a new successful trainer for Bayern. He has had a lot of success as coach and has won the Champions League three times.

"He is a calm, balanced professional who can deal with stars and lets you play a flexible style of football - we have found what we were looking for and we are looking forward to working together."

The 56-year-old Ancelotti will bring a wealth of experience to Bayern having won the Champions League twice with AC Milan in 2003 and 2007, then with Real Madrid in 2014.

"It's a great honour for me that I will be trainer of such a great club as FC Bayern next season," said Ancelotti, who has signed a three-year contract until 2019, in a club statement.

Having joined Bayern in 2013 to much fanfare, Guardiola has so far won five titles with the Bavarian giants, giving him a career total of 19 as coach following his 14 titles in four years from 2008-2012 at Barcelona.

Guardiola flew home to Spain on Sunday and has given no indication of his future plans, but has been heavily linked to Manchester City.