6 October 2017
Bayern Munich have confirmed the appointment of former manager, Jupp Heynckes, until the end of the season, replacing Carlo Ancelotti after the Italian was sacked.
Heynckes, who retired four years ago, turned the Bavarians into one of Europe’s most dominant teams, culminating in the treble-winning side of 2013, and has been drafted in on a short-term deal.
Bayern needed a new manager after deciding to part company with Ancelotti, who lost the faith of the squad, was criticised for his lacklustre training sessions and suffered a humbling defeat against Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.
Speaking to Bayern’s official website following Friday’s announcement, Heynckes explained his decision to cut short his retirement and return to the dugout. “I would not have returned to any other club in the world, but Bayern Munich is a labour of love for me,” he said.
“My coaching staff and I will now do everything possible to bring successful football back, and I am looking forward to this task.”
Heynckes, who will take his first training session on Monday October 9, will be joined by assistants Hermann Garland and Peter Harmann.
“There is great trust between Jupp Heynckes and Bayern,” said Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “The conversations that Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I have had showed that again. We are very grateful Jupp agreed to return as head coach. At present he is the ideal coach for Bayern.”
Sports director Salihamidzic added: “Heynckes is a master in terms of leadership and tactics. We are convinced that he is the right man to lead the team back to success and achieve our goals.”
Heynckes’ contract will expire at the end of June, when Hoffenheim’s highly rated 30-year-old manager, Julian Nagelsmann, is expected to be the leading candidate to take on the role permanently.