Napoli sack Ancelotti despite 4-0 Champions League victory

VIDEO SHOWS: NAPOLI STATEMENTS ON CARLO ANCELOTTI FIRING / FILE STILL OF ANCELOTTI WITH NAPOLI PRESIDENT WHEN HIRED / STILL IMAGES FROM ANCELOTTI'S FINAL GAME IN CHARGE (A 4-0 CHAMPIONS LEAGUE WIN OVER GENK TO ENSURE PROGRESS IN TOURNAMENT) / FILE FOOTAGE OF ANCELOTTI WITH NAPOLI TEAM

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INTERNET (DECEMBER 10, 2019) (NAPOLI WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL)

1. SCREENSHOT OF NAPOLI STATEMENT ANNOUNCING FIRING OF CARLO ANCELOTTI AS HEAD COACH

INTERNET (DECEMBER 10, 2019) (SOCIAL MEDIA WEBSITE - ACCESS ALL)

2. SCREENSHOT OF NAPOLI'S TWITTER ACCOUNT ANNOUNCING ANCELOTTI SACKING

DIMARO, ITALY (FILE - JULY 11, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

3. FILE STILL OF CARLO ANCELOTTI SHAKING HANDS WITH NAPOLI OWNER AURELIO DE LAURENTIIS AS HE IS INTRODUCED AS THE CLUB'S NEW COACH

NAPLES, ITALY (DECEMBER 10, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

4. STILL OF ANCELOTTI DURING 4-0 WIN OVER GENK IN CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

5. STILL OF ANCELOTTI APPLAUDING HIS PLAYERS DURING GAME

6. STILL OF ANCELOTTI EMBRACING STRIKER DRIES MARTENS AFTER GAME

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - NOVEMBER 26, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

7. NAPOLI COACH, CARLO ANCELOTTI, SPEAKING WITH COACHING STAFF ON PITCH

8. NAPOLI CENTRE-BACK, KALIDOU KOULIBALY (26); FORWARD, FERNANDO LLORENTE (9); AND CENTRE-BACK, LORENZO TONELLI (62), JOGGING WITH TEAM MATES

9. ANCELOTTI ON PITCH WITH WHISTLE

10. (SOUNDBITE) (Italian) NAPOLI COACH, CARLO ANCELOTTI, SAYING:

"There are always difficult moment in a coach's career. There have been every year, and this is part of a delicate moment of the season and with some will and effort from everybody we can get through it if we want things to improve. What is said, gossiped about… there is a harmony in the intent between the coach, the club and the players. This is the way to get out of this. The unity in intent is there, and therefore, sooner or later, we'll be out of this. This is out of discussion."

CASTEL VOLTURNO, ITALY (FILE - SEPTEMBER 16, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

11. BALL ON PITCH

12. ANCELOTTI WALKING ON PITCH AND TALKING TO PLAYERS

13. PLAYERS WARMING UP

14. NAPOLI EMBLEM

15. ANCELOTTI KICKING BALL ON PITCH

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - DECEMBER 10, 2018) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL)

16. ANCELOTTI AT TRAINING ALONGSIDE NAPOLI ATTACKER, JOSE CALLEJON

17. NAPOLI PLAYERS WARMING UP

18. ANCELOTTI

19. NAPOLI PLAYERS PLAYING KEEP-BALL (MIDFIELDER, MAREK HAMSIK, CHASES BALL WITH STRIKER, LORENZO INSIGNE, IN THE BACKGROUND)

20. ANCELOTTI TALKING TO COACHING STAFF

STORY: Napoli coach Carlo Ancelotti was sacked shortly after watching his side end a nine-match winless run in all competitions to reach the Champions League last 16 on Tuesday (December 10).

His side, inspired by a first-half hat-trick from Arkadiusz Milik, outclassed Genk 4-0 in Group E but the 60-year-old was shown the door just three hours after the final whistle, with Italian media naming Gennaro Gattuso as favourite to replace him.

Napoli finished second in the table with 12 points, one behind Liverpool, while their Belgian opponents finished bottom of the group with one point. Salzburg came third to qualify for the Europa League last 32.

Both Gazzetta dello Sport and Corriere dello Sport had reported before the game that Ancelotti was set to be fired whatever the result.

Ancelotti claimed after the game that he was still hopeful of keeping his job and that he was due to meet club owner and president Aurelio De Laurentiis on Wednesday.

But just before midnight, Napoli issued a statement confirming his dismissal.

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