Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti says he doesn’t understand the decision made by club president Florentino Perez to sack Rafa Benitez.
Benitez took over from the Italian in the summer but lasted just seven months in the job followed reports of fallings out with a number of senior players and with the board and fans unhappy with Real’s style of play and performances in the big games.
The former Napoli, Inter Milan, Liverpool and Valencia boss was replaced by Zinedine Zidane, who was promoted from being in charge of Real Madrid Castilla. The Frenchman therefore is Real’s third boss in under 12 months – something Ancelotti finds hard to believe.
Speaking to Sina Sports, Ancelotti, who is set to take over at Bayern Munich at the end of this season, said: “After many games this season, Real Madrid are still fighting for the titles in La Liga and the Champions League, but the president Florentino Perez decided to say goodbye to Benitez.”
And he went on to add: “I know the job of a coach is always about getting results. I also know our work is subject to debate, but this time I really cannot understand the decision. It’s only half-way through the season.”