Monday, 15 June 2015

Football - Carlo Ancelotti 'sacked for mistreating Gareth Bale'

Carlo Ancelotti 'sacked for mistreating Gareth Bale'
Carlo Ancelotti 'sacked for mistreating Gareth Bale'
An extraordinary report from Spain claims that Carlo Ancelotti would still be Real Madrid's coach were it not for his treatment of Gareth Bale.

Spanish newspaper AS claims that Ancelotti's success in bringing Real Madrid their long-awaited 'La Decima' - their 10th European title - might well have saved his job, despite a trophyless 2014-15 season.

But Real Madrid president Florentino Perez reportedly told a group of club directors that Ancelotti's treatment of world record signing Bale was too much to bear.

The dispute is said to have flared up when Bale was substituted with 20 minutes to go during the Liga clash against Valencia in January, which Real ended up losing 2-1 - the moment at which their superb start to the campaign really began to turn sour.

AS reports that Perez was apparently quizzed about Ancelotti's sacking, initially saying that it was, "a question of loss of trust" in the coach.

One club director then apparently pressed Perez, asking why he would lose faith in a man who won four trophies in his first season.

Perez then said that Ancelotti had not treated Bale well, "a key strategic player for us... once he took him off, and I reproached him over it, and Carlo didn't understand it. After that he lost my trust."

The papers sources add that Perez told Ancelotti at the time: "To bring off Bale is to attack me."


While the story seems far-fetched, it also fits the facts and political situation at the club. Florentino Perez is not up for re-election as Real Madrid president until 2017, but to enter that race with Bale hanging around his neck as an £85 million failure would be too much to bear. Managers can be hired and fired with impunity at the Bernabeu, but fans will find it hard to forgive a Galatico who is all-too-earthbound - and if Perez truly felt that Ancelotti would not get the best out of Bale, then it's conceivable that he would feel he needed to find a new manager who could do so in order to strengthen his position at the helm of the world's richest club.

All that analysis heaps supposition on top of hearsay, of course. The bottom line is that Ancelotti failed to win anything in 2014-15, and for a club who once fired Fabio Capello for winning the league in too boring a fashion that was always likely to spell the end.