Five reasons why Ancelotti will sign for Real Madrid

February 20, 2013

The French newspaper Le Parisien says Carlo Ancelotti has agreed to become Real Madrid’s manager next year. Here are five reasons why it makes sense.

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1. His old contract

Anyone who has read his humorous autobiography, Carlo Ancelotti: The Beautiful Games of an Ordinary Genius (2010), will know that he had contact with Florentino Pérez, the Real Madrid president, in 2006. In fact, Ancelotti even signed the contract. “In 2006, I accepted an offer from Real Madrid and, I have to say, it wasn’t a difficult decision,” he notes in his book. “A wonderful prospect, the scent of life.”

Ancelotti never met Pérez, but he agreed a preliminary three-year contract worth €15million – twice his wage at Milan. However, Adriano Galliani, the Milan vice president, refused to let him go. Carlo stayed in Italy, but kept the contract “in a box with all my important things”.

Ancelotti also revealed he had later talked to Pérez. “We like soccer, we love life, we enjoy entertaining people. We see eye-to-eye on many points, the last time we talked, he told me one thing in particular: ‘Carlo, someday you will be my coach’.”

2. His diplomatic character

There was once a fine article in The Times that noted how the next England manager was always the polar opposite of his predecessor. Real Madrid’s next managerial criteria follows a similar trend. José Mourinho’s stubborn and confrontational nature has, in the eyes of the hierarchy, damaged the club’s image. Ancelotti’s jovial character makes a perfect replacement: he is quiet, dignified, cheerful, and rarely moans at referees. His personality is not dissimilar to Vicente del Bosque, Madrid’s most successful recent coach. All in all, Ancelotti would be a gentleman’s manager for a gentleman’s club.

3. His experience with mad men

Having worked under Silvio Berlusconi and Roman Abramovich, Ancelotti is the perfect puppet for the powerful Real Madrid hierarchy. The internal politics that saw Pérez kick out Jorge Valdano, the director general, as a consequence of Mourinho’s influence will no longer be needed. Ancelotti gets on with what he is given – and generally the results are rather good. His style of football is also fluent and attractive: and antidote to the criticism levelled at Mourinho by some fans for his direct style and occasionally overly-aggressive approach.

4. His Champions League factor

Following Mourinho’s La Liga triumph in 2011/2012, the Bernabéu is craving the Champions League trophy. Real Madrid have not won it since Zinédine Zidane’s unbelievable volley sank Leverkusen in the 2001/2002 season. Since then, Ancelotti has won it twice with Milan, and is also performing well with Paris Saint-Germain in this year’s competition.

5. His desire to sign

In Ancelotti’s book, the only noticeable element of sarcasm and bitterness is aimed at Mourinho: they had several feuds during the Portuguese’s two years at Inter. Winning the Champions League with “Mourinho’s team” is a prospect Ancelotti will not be able to turn down. Then there is the previous contact with Pérez, the quality of the Madrid squad, and the fact that he has coached in Italy, England and France – but never in Spain. Consider these five factors, then compare them to the prospects of any other candidate, and Ancelotti’s next move looks as clear as crystal.

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Photo: Mohan/Doha Stadium Plus

2 comments

Great website.I ll recommend it to the forums…but the Font needs to change.

by Adi on May 24, 2013 at 5:56 pm. #

A very convincing article indeed. It’s obvious that Mourinho has been flirting with PSG. I’m curious as to what will happen if PSG do manage to win the Champions League? Will the Qatari Investment Group fire him?

by Pranav Angara on February 27, 2013 at 2:03 am. #