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Bayern president, Uli Hoeness, had revealed that five senior players had seen enough of Ancelotti.

The German champions parted ways with Ancelotti on Thursday, the experienced Italian coach paying the price for a 3-0 Champions League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain.

However, a succession of unconvincing performances during pre-season spilled into the campaign-proper this time around and Bayern are now off the pace in the Bundesliga, lying third - three points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund ahead of Sunday's trip to Hertha Berlin.

And the German champions eventually chose to part ways with the former PSG and Real Madrid boss after just one full season in charge.

"The Paris match showed clearly there needed to be consequences. Hasan Salihamidžić and I met Carlo today for full and frank discussions where we informed him of our decision", commented FC Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

"I would like to thank Carlo for our work together and regret the development it has taken", Rummenigge said.

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"Carlo is a friend of mine and will remain so but we had to take a professional decision for Bayern Munich".

The move doesn't come as a complete surpise, as Rummenigge had warned of "consequences" at the team's banquet following the club's biggest group-stage defeat in Europe's premium club tournament.

Willy Sagnol, the assistant to Ancelotti at Bayern, will take over the club until a permanent replacement is found.

One man that has been hotly linked with a move in the immediate aftermath of Ancelotti's axing is Thomas Tuchel, the former Borussia Dortmund boss who left Bayern's rivals in the summer following a spat with the owners.

Former Chelsea and AC Milan boss Ancelotti has been in charge at the Allianz Arena for almost 15 months after taking over as Pep Guardiola's successor in July 2016. The former-Bayern player faces a tough challenge ahead, starting with a league match against Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

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