It seems inevitable that Clarence Seedorf's maiden coaching job will come to an end at the end of the season and AC Milan are believed to be already lining up his replacement.
Seedorf retired from playing for Brazilian side Botafogo to take the Milan job mid-season after the Diavolo lost patience with Massimiliano Allegri.
Despite a promising start, Milan have continued on a similar course and will miss out on European football unless they win at the weekend and other results go their way.
The Italian press are convinced that Seedorf will be given his marching orders after the season finale against Sassuolo and a number of names are said to be in the frame.
Youth team boss Pippo Inzaghi seems to be the most likely appointment, but former Roma and Zenit Saint-Petersburg man Luciano Spalletti is a possibility.
Slightly more outlandish names have also been doing the rounds such as Juventus coach Antonio Conte, whose future in Turin is in question.
It would be a massive achievement with Ancelotti on the brink of European glory and having reportedly turned down a mammoth approach from Manchester United.
Ancelotti did spend eight largely happy years at Milan, the club he also played for, between 2001 and 2009 and won two Champions League titles, but given that the club may not even be able to offer him Europa League football, it all seems rather far-fetched.