Carlo Ancelotti sacked at Napoli despite spot in Champions League knockout stage

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Carlo Ancelotti has been sacked as manager of Napoli on Tuesday after their 4-0 victory over Genk which confirmed their place in the Champions League knockout stage.

“Napoli has decided to revoke the position of the first-team coach from Carlo Ancelotti,” the club said in a statement

“The relationship of friendship, esteem and mutual respect between the club, its president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Carlo Ancelotti remain intact.”

Ancelotti’s dismissal had been widely predicted by the Italian media who said Napoli had lined up Gennaro Gattuso, fired by AC Milan at the end of last season, as his replacement.

As for Ancelotti’s near future, he has been mentioned as a candidate for the permanent job at Arsenal.

Despite securing a spot among the competition’s last-16, Ancelotti had seen the club suffer a dreadful run of domestic results.

Napoli had started the season among the Serie A title favourites and were close to a famous draw in their second match of the season when they came from 3-0 down to level it up at 3-3 away to Juventus, only to lose through a calamitous Kalidou Koulibaly own goal in stoppage time.