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Carlo Ancelotti tipped to return to the Premier League after six years absence

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Carlo Ancelotti is rumoured to be returning to the Premier League, over half a decade since he left Chelsea.

The Italian was sacked by Bayern Munich earlier in the week, as a result of their 3-0 drubbing at the hands of Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League, their heaviest defeat in the group stage in 21 years.

Bayern have won seven of their 10 games this season but have already dropped five points domestically, suffering a 1-0 loss at Hoffenheim, before surrendering a 2-0 lead to draw with Wolfsburg last Friday.

Ancelotti steered the club to their fifth consecutive Bundesliga crown last-term, but disappointed in the Champions League, bowing out to Real Madrid 6-3 on aggregate in the quarter-finals.

He also failed in the DFB Pokal, with Bayern being dumped out by rivals Borussia Dortmund in the semi-finals.

However, following the end of his tenure in Germany, Ancelotti has been linked with a return to the Premier League, with West Ham supposedly lining up an ambitious offer to bring him to the London Stadium.

It has long been reported that there is friction between current boss Slaven Bilic and the Hammers' board, and their slow start to the season hasn't done the Croat any favours.

The club are 18th in the table after six games, with a 2-0 win over Huddersfield and a 0-0 draw away at West Brom to their name so far.

They have the joint-worst goal difference in the league along with Everton, with both sides succumbing to 4-0 hammerings at Manchester United.

Though it is highly unlikely that Ancelotti would take such a drop, he already has experience in the Premier League and in London.

The Italian guided Chelsea to the double in 2010, scoring over 100 goals in the league, before beating Portsmouth 1-0 in the FA Cup final.

He was sacked just a year later after losing 1-0 at Everton on the final day of the 2010/11 campaign, having failed to win a trophy in his second season in charge.

West Ham are also rumoured to be interested in appointing Rafael Benitez and former Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel to succeed Bilic if he is to leave.

Bilic revealed that the ongoing speculation surrounding his future is far from ideal, as he faced the media at his pre-Swansea press conference yesterday.

"I'm coping with it," he told reporters, as he prepares for the must-win game against the Welsh side.

"I got used to that. I am doing my job. It affects you, of course it does. You are human.

"I can see that it's happening to some new managers. Sometimes it's easier when it happens to other managers, sometimes it makes you more p***ed off when it happens to your colleagues.

"Sometimes you laugh, sometimes you are angry, sometimes you are down and other times it makes you more motivated. It is part of the job."

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