Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Carlo Ancelotti appoints son as Bayern Munich assistant coach


In a surprise announcement this week, the Bayern Munich manager has named son Davide as an assistant coach at the Allianz Arena.

Despite having little coaching experience, the 27-year-old has landed the role at the Bundesliga giants under his father’s stewardship.

The Italian is a former youth player at AC Milan but after failing to make the grade at the Serie A outfit, he turned his hand to studying sport science.

He later joined his father at Real Madrid, who Carlo guided to a Champions League triumph during his two seasons at the club, as a fitness coach ahead of Ancelotti Snr’s first season in charge.

During his time in Spain, Davide worked closely with Cristiano Ronaldo and Co – but he soon departed the Santiago Bernabeu when his father was relieved of his duties in 2015.

But following Ancelotti Snr’s appointment as the new Bayern boss, Davide has followed his father to Germany.

He was expected to fulfil a similar role as he did at Real but after studying the German language for eight months, he has now been promoted to assistant coach.

Speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel, he said: ‘My job at Bayern is to support the coaches both in training and in pre-match preparations, as well as during games.

‘On the training pitch, I explain exercises or just help out with the language. My father speaks German but doesn’t understand everything yet.

‘I can speak German well because I’ve been studying the language for eight months. I like the language – it’s difficult but I find it very interesting.

‘I’m looking forward to learning many things here as a coach, but also as a person, like a new culture and a new language.

‘The atmosphere at Bayern is incredible. You can sense the tradition. Despite being such a big club, it’s like a family and the atmosphere reflects that.

‘I felt that way at AC Milan too and it’s very difficult to find something like that.’

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