Florentino Perez, president of Real Madrid, announced on Monday evening that the club had made the decision to terminate Carlo Ancelotti's contract and will announce his replacement next week.
This is the ninth coach within a 12-year-period that the club has dismissed, a telling indicator of the ruthlessness within the Spanish club's board:
"I want to announce to you that the board has taken the decision to relieve Carlo Ancelotti as manager of Real Madrid," said Perez. "It hasn't been an easy decision, but it's time to give new momentum to the team to conquer new titles."
However this may benefit Van Gaal's team in their efforts to keep the club's star keeper David De Gea. Since joining the club in 2011 the Spanish stopper has bought into the ethos of the club, who pride themselves on their stability of the club's management.
Napoli coach Rafael Benitez is the hot favourite to succeed Ancelotti and it seems the public opinion regarding the Spanish manager is divided, either way it is unlikely Benitez is as highly regarded as a coach than Ancelloti by De Gea.
During his two years spent at Real Madrid the Italian has led Madrid to 'La Decima' along with winning a Super Cup, FIFA World Club Cup and Copa del Rey. Ancelotti, however, has paid the ultimate price for a season that saw Real Madrid finish behind their rival Barcelona in La Liga while they bowed out of the Champions League at the semi-final stage to Juventus. His last match as Madrid manager was a 7-3 Liga win over Getafe, after which Cristiano Ronaldo announced his support for the manager and his desire to play under him next season.
Ancelotti revealed earlier in the week that if he was released by the club he would take him out to undergo spinal surgery. The 55-year-old had been contracted until the end of next season and said on Friday he wanted to stay:"My future is clear in my head," he said. "Either I continue here or I will stop for a year."
This decision may also benefit United if next year is unsuccessful for the English club. Should the Red Devil supporters lose faith in Louis Van Gaal they may turn to Ancelotti to bring United into a new era of dominance. The Italian has won a premier league trophy with Chelsea during the 2009-2010 season and so has shown he is a proved performer in English football.
It was rumoured that Ancelotti was approached by Alex Ferguson to manage Manchester United when he was leaving PSG however he instead decided to opt for Real Madrid.