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Ranieri, you're not alone: 9 managers who were sacked the season after winning trophies

Louis van Gaal, Bayern Munich
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Felix Magath, Louis van Gaal, Udo Lattek (Bayern Munich)

Van Gaal fell out with the club bosses the subsequent campaign and was let go after Bayern slipped down to fourth place in the German top flight

Bayern Munich have been known to dismiss a coach or 10 – even when, like Felix Magath managed in 2005 and 2006, the man in question has won back-to-back domestic doubles. The future Fulham chief was nevertheless ditched by the ruthless Bavarians after his side collected one point in six matches in February 2007, the German's supposed disdain for tactics not exactly conducive to glory on the European stage.

In 2010, Louis van Gaal led Bayern to the Bundesliga title and the Champions League final, where they were defeated by Inter. The abrasive Dutchman fell out with club bosses the subsequent campaign, however, and was let go after Bayern slipped down to fourth place in the German top flight and exited Europe's premier competition, again at the Nerazzurri's hands. Jupp Heynckes was appointed for a third stint in charge and won both the Bundesliga and the Champions League.

Louis van Gaal

Silverware is not enough for a manager to keep his job at Bayern

But the unluckiest Bayern manager – indeed, the unluckiest manager of all time – has to be Udo Lattek. The former striker, who had never previously coached a club side before, won three consecutive championships with Bayern after his appointment in 1970, while die Roten also became the first German team to win the European Cup.

But when Lattek told the board that things needed to change after Bayern were knocked out of the tournament in the first round the following year, while they also languished in 10th place in the Bundesliga, his superiors agreed – and Lattek was given the boot.

Their loss. He moved to Borussia Monchengladbach, winning two more German titles and a UEFA Cup, as well as reaching the 1978 European Cup Final. He returned to Bayern in 1983, again triumphed three times in the Bundesliga and added two German Cups to his collection for good measure.

But even that wasn't enough: when Bayern lost 2-1 Porto in the 1987 European Cup Final, the players blamed Lattek, who was binned soon after. Modern football, eh?

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