Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that the manner Carlo Ancelotti handled his dismissal from Bayern Munich left him in the tears.
Rummenigge’s decision to fire Ancelotti came in September 2017 following a poor start to the season in Munich. At the time, Bayern were sitting third in the Bundesliga and had crashed to a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.
Therefore, Ancelotti’s time in Germany came to an early end having only taken charge of the club in June 2016.
But the former AC Milan and Real Madrid coach held no hard feelings towards his former employers, with his reaction leaving an emotional Rummenigge in tears afterwards.
“First of all, I think Ancelotti is a good manager,” said the Bayern chairman.
“Unfortunately, Bayern were not going well after a year and a half and Ancelotti did not get the results we were expecting in the second season.
“But Ancelotti is a good man, a real friend for me. He is always incredibly calm. I have worked with a lot of managers, each with different skills and abilities. But only Ancelotti has the ability to always stay calm, even during difficult moments.
“I remember I had the task to sack him. I was about to cry. Ancelotti understood the situation, he gave me a hug and said: ‘It’s fine. You are not my boss anymore, but we are still friends.’
“So, I cried because I was not expecting those words from him in that moment. He was not upset. I realised he was a really good man.”
Ancelotti recorded 43 wins, eight draws and nine defeats in his 60 games in charge of Bayern. He won the Bundesliga during his only full campaign in Munich, while also winning back-to-back DFL Supercups.
The Italian returned to his homeland last year to take charge of Napoli, where he led them to a second-place finish in last season’s Serie A.