Carlo Ancelotti has warned Pep Guardiola that he will face the sack at some point in his career, saying it is a fate that no manager can avoid forever.
The Italian is widely regarded as one of the finest football coaches in the world having won the Champions League with both AC Milan and Real Madrid.
To add to that, he has also won the Serie A, the Premier League, the FA Cup and Ligue 1, but even he has been thrown out of the job on several occasions.
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He was unceremoniously kicked out of Chelsea despite winning the double the season before and something very similar happened at Real Madrid a year after winning La Decima.
Guardiola is one of the few managers who can claim to be even more highly regarded than Ancelotti and has experienced tremendous success at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich, and, more impressively, left both on his own terms.
But as he prepares to take on his biggest challenge yet at Manchester City, Ancelotti has warned him that, at some point or another, Guardiola will join him and a host of other legendary names in the "Sack Club".
In an interview with The Times, the Italian said: “At Chelsea I won the double. Sacked. At Real Madrid I won La Decima. Sacked.
"There is no manager in their career that is not sacked. (Sir Alex) Ferguson was sacked, (Marcello) Lippi sacked, (Fabio) Capello sacked, (Jose) Mourinho sacked, (Rafa) Benitez.
“The only one not sacked is Guardiola, but he’s still really young. He has plenty of time. One day he will come into our club, the Sack Club.”
In his two jobs so far, Guardiola has inherited incredible squads. At Barcelona, he had Andres Iniesta, Lionel Messi and Xavi to work with. At Bayern Munich, he had a treble-winning team. He has anything but at Manchester City.
The Citizens are barely scraping Champions League qualification in the Premier League and have earned themselves a reputation as perennial underachievers. Tasked with winning the Champions League, Guardiola's credentials will be severely tested at the Etihad.
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