Former Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti was going to face the sack even if he had won the Champions League again this season, according to Juventus sporting director Luciano Moggi.
Ancelotti was relieved of his duties as soon as the season was over after Los Blancos failed to retain their European crown or lift the league title – both trophies going to Barcelona instead.
The Italian was replaced by Rafa Benitez, who has spent the last two years in Italy, coaching Napoli.
Speaking to Radio CRC, Moggi revealed he had spoken to Florentino Perez who had told him Ancelotti would be replaced at the end of the campaign no matter whether Real were successful or not.
“Florentino told me that he wanted to get rid of Ancelotti even if he secured a Champions League win for Madrid. Benitez was lined up to be the replacement and Florentino knew this for quite some time, irrespective of what the club would have you believe,” he commented.
He went on to add that he doesn’t think Benitez is the right man to lead Los Blancos, citing his difficulties to get big egos and star players to back his methods or improve them as players.
“Benitez has not convinced me, he has been unable to harness certain players’ potential and the situation with Hamsik is a case in point. For other reasons too, but let’s not forget that Napoli finished the Serie A season in fifth position.”