In a surprising turn of events, Bayern Munich have confirmed the reappointment of veteran manager Jupp Heynckes as the head coach at the club for what is going to be an interim position. This would be the 72-year-old’s fourth spell with the German giants.
The job fell open after the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti in late September following disappointing antics from the team so far this season, with an embarrassing 3-0 loss to PSG in the UEFA Champions League proving to be the straw that broke the camel’s back.
The announcement was done via the club’s Twitter account, and it read: “Jupp Heynckes will take over as #FCBayern head coach until the end of the season.”
On their official website, the man himself revealed: “I would not have returned to any other club, but FC Bayern are a matter very close to my heart. My staff and I will invest everything we have now so the team will be able to present successful football to our fans again soon. I am looking forward to this task.”
Heynckes has had an illustrious run with the club. Prior to his retirement, he led the side to a memorable treble in 2013, which saw them gain triumphs in the Bundesliga, the German Cup, as well as the UEFA Champions League.
The German tactician further added: “It’s not a comeback, it’s a friendly turn. And I’ve only done it because I owe a great deal to Bayern. I have a very good feeling. We can start now.”
Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is also ecstatic about the development, dubbing Heyneckes as the ‘ideal’ appointment.
“There is a great bond of trust between FC Bayern and Jupp Heynckes. The talks, conducted by Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and myself, have shown it once again. We are thankful that Jupp has accepted the job as our head coach,” Rummenigge was further quoted as saying.
Now, the successful manager has quite a task ahead of him, repairing a team that, despite hosting a platter of great talent, is struggling not only in Europe, but also in the Bundesliga. Apart from that, certain locker room tensions also call for notice.
However, since the job is only a temporary one, it will be interesting to see just how involved he gets, and whether or not he is able to guide the club to yet another title.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.