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A Spanner In The Works: Leonardo's 9 Month Sanction Throws Doubt On Ancelotti's Move

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PSG's sporting director Leonardo is sanctioned for pushing an official. This is why Madrid should care: he was supposed to be Carlo Ancelotti's replacement.

Michael Regan

PSG, not precisely leaping with joy at the prospect of losing their popular coach (termed by wild-child Zlatan Ibrahimovic as "the best coach I have ever had, and that includes Mourinho") has today discovered that their sporting director, the Brazilian Leonardo, faces a 9 month sanction for pushing an official.

Expect him to appeal, and we'll have to see how this develops, but it does leave PSG short of options to replace a coach they are not keen on losing to begin with. The coach they want most of all, Arsene Wenger, has shown no interest thus far in leaving Arsenal, and all the other potential replacements (Capello, Mancini et al.,) are either not exciting their owner or not on the market.

And as it happens, Leonardo himself was considered a stop-gap for another push to get Arsene Wenger for the season after next.

To add fuel to the speculation is Anatoliy Tymoshchuk's loyal pronouncement that his boss is "99.9% likely" to be training Madrid next year. Inside information? Declaration of loyalty? Hopeful declaration of loyalty?

We will have to see how this develops.