Experience speaks volumes in the game, especially when such expertise has proven to be fruitful in the past. If that occurs, the player, coach, or manager in question is the first to be recalled to set things right in an era of turmoil.
It appears that precisely such a situation is being faced by Bayern Munich, who after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in September, sit without a well-worn manager at the helm. As of such, they may seek out a familiar face to find some hope.
Jupp Heynckes had a beautiful run with the German champions, and his final season with the side culminated in a perfect treble of the Bundesliga, German Cup, and UEFA Champions League glory. And now, it has been confirmed that the veteran manager is in the running to manage the Bavarian giants temporarily.
Heynckes himself confirmed the same in an interview with German site RPOnline, stating: “It’s not clear yet or signed, I have to analyze the whole thing first. Four and a half years have passed since I left Bavaria, and football has changed.”
The statement was in response to the fact that it was club president Uli Hoeness and chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge themselves who had offered the position yet again to the 72-year-old, who retired after his final stint with the club in 2013.
Apart from him, ex-Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel was also believed to be in the running for the job, along with Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann. For now, the club sits in the hands Ancelotti’s assistant Willy Sagnol, whose post as an interim manager might just see through until the end of the season, should Munich fail to find an apt replacement quickly.
The very fact that they have approached their former manager hints at desperation at the top as to the future of the club, which currently finds itself in a precarious position, both in the Champions League as well as the Bundesliga, unable to ape the successful antics of Pep Guardiola’s reign.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.