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Backheel Breakfast: The manager carousel turns and turns

And it's easy to wonder if anyone's actually getting better.

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Real Madrid fired Carlo Ancelotti on Monday, but they couldn't name his replacement. That's because it's going to be Rafa Benitez, who still has one game left to coach with Napoli. Florentino Perez waited until the end of the Rome Derby to make his announcement because he could have named the new coach if Lazio won, but Roma's victory meant Napoli still technically have something to play for.

AC Milan president Silviu Berlusconi has openly admitted he wants to hire Ancelotti and that he's optimistic about Ancelotti taking the job, even though Ancelotti reportedly needs back surgery and planned to take a year off from coaching.

In the news

Schalke have parted ways with Roberto Di Matteo. (Schalke)

Thomas Schaaf is out as Frankfurt coach. (Bundesliga)

Abel Hernandez has been charged with violent conduct for punching Phil Jones. (Hull)

Prince Ali says he was approached by someone who claimed they could deliver FIFA presidential votes. He called the police. (Guardian)

Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller and Toni Kroos will sit out Germany's friendly against the USMNT. (ESPN FC)

Alexander Zorniger has taken over as Stuttgart boss. (Bundesliga)

Gonzalo Castro has officially joined Borussia Dortmund. (Bundesliga)

A judge could relegate Elche due to their unpaid debts. Eibar would take their place in La Liga. (AS)

You should be reading

Gabriele Marcotti asks if Florentino Perez has too much power at Real Madrid. (ESPN FC)

Barney Ronay says Brendan Rodgers' signings are the biggest problem with him. (Guardian)

Swiss Rambler on Queens Park Rangers' finances. (Swiss Ramble)

Fun with transfer rumors

The section in which nothing should be taken seriously. It's rumor season, so this section will be expanded, and as the summer rolls on, will probably be bigger than the actual news section.

Falcao is desperate and it's embarrassing. (Telegraph)

If Manchester United want Nicolas Otamendi, it's going to cost €50m or so. (Mirror)

Milan are trying to sign Mario Mandzukic and Mario Suarez from Atlético Madrid. (Football Italia)

Another day, another source claiming Liverpool want Christian Benteke. (Independent)

What if Xavi's move to Qatar was just a way for PSG to sign him and circumvent FFP? (Mail)

Monday's games

Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa won the Rome Derby for AS Roma. (Chiesa di Totti)

Norwich won the promotion playoff final, and are in the Premier League.

What to watch on Tuesday (click for listings, all times ET)

Tigres UANL vs. Emelec (9 p.m.) - Mexico's last Copa Lib hope needs a 1-0 or multiple goal win at home.