Heynckes 'close to taking over' at crisis-hit Bayern

by Steven Clarke October 9, 2017, 0:09
Heynckes 'close to taking over' at crisis-hit Bayern

Jupp Heynckes has confirmed that he has returned to Bayern Munich as the club's new manager.

The 72-year-old Heynckes led Bayern to the domestic league and Cup double and the Champions League title in 2013, but then had to make way for Spaniard Pep Guardiola.

Heynckes' first match in charge sees Bayern, who are five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmiund, host Freiburg in the Bundesliga on Saturday 14 October. We are very grateful to Jupp. His appointment had been delayed while Bayern waited for Hermann to be released by second-division club Fortuna Duesseldorf, where he was a coach.

At that time, the man once known as Osram (after a popular brand of lightbulb) for his tendency to go red in the face at times of high emotion, was not short of other coaching opportunities, with a return to Spain mooted. "I'm very much looking forward to this challenge", he said.

Heynckes has not had a job in football since guiding Bayern to a historic treble in 2013, but confessed he simply could not turn the club down.

Work in Spain followed, at Athletic Bilbao, Tenerife and Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League in 1997.

The experienced German has been out of the game since leaving Bayern in 2013 following a hugely successful campaign which saw the club win the Bundesliga, Champions League and DFB-Pokal.

Heynckes first managed Bayern between 1987 and 1991 before returning as caretaker boss in 2009. The German would have imposed itself on names which sounded in last days like Thomas Tuchel, former coach of Borussia Dortmund, or Julian Nagelsmann, now in Hoffenheim.

The former treble-winning boss was confirmed this morning to be the new Bayern boss until the end of the season.

"There is a great bond of trust between FC Bayern and Jupp Heynckes", he said.

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