Real Madrid has parted ways with the manager Carlo Ancelotti, according to various reports breaking in Spain.
The Italian boss failed to win a single trophy for the Spanish football club this season. Madrid finished just two points behind Barcelona in La Liga and was knocked out of the prestigious Champions League by Juventus.
If the reports of his sacking are true, this will be just a year after he had guided Madrid to their own Champions League crown.
A former Chelsea boss, Ancelotti is likely to be away from any football-related action for at least 12 months- time he needs to undergo and recover from back surgery.
While with Chelsea, Ancelotti had won a Premier League and FA Cup title each before being sacked by Roman Abramovich a year later.
Ancelotti’s sacking, although expected, has evoked sharp criticism from twitter users, most of who felt the club’s decision was extremely harsh given that won the UEFA CL title only a year ago.
Some experts say that the Italian, who had delivered European and world titles to the Santiago Bernabeu, paid the price for a disappointing second half of the season.
Real under had remarkable season in 2014, when the club won the Copa del Rey, Champions League, European Super Cup and Club World Cup.
Former Liverpool coach Rafael Banitez is favourite to replace Ancelotti.