Bayern Munich Turn to Jupp Heynckes As Ancelotti Replacement

Bayern Munich Turn to Jupp Heynckes As Ancelotti Replacement

Jupp Heynckes has confirmed Bayern Munich has once again offered him the chance to manage the club.

The opportunity comes after the 3-0 loss to Paris Saint-Germaine in the Champions League led to the dismissal of previous manager Carlo Ancelotti. 

Heynckes has confirmed he has held talks with the club but says he has yet to reach an agreement.

“It’s not yet done and dusted,” the 72-year-old German told the Rheinische Post. “I need to analyze things. It has been four-and-a-half years since I stopped at Bayern.”

Despite Heynckes’ reticence to confirm a deal, reports in Germany suggest he is set for a fourth spell heading Germany’s most successful team. 

According to Sport Bild, “Bayern is pulling Jupp Heynckes out of retirement.”

Heynckes’ last run at the club saw the team achieve record-breaking heights. In the 2012-13 season, Bayern won the most points (91), recorded the most wins (29) and the fewest losses (1) in Bundesliga history. All three records still stand. 

That season, the club became the first from German to win the Treble, claiming trophies in the Bundesliga, the Champions League, and the DFB-Pokal. The team also won the DFL-Supercup.

Individually, Heynckes won the FIFA World Coach of the Year after the season.

The potential return of the veteran manager comes after a particularly rough start for Bayern, which has seen them struggle in the Bundesliga. It currently sits third, sitting five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund. After the loss to Paris Saint-Germaine last week, the Bayern board felt a change was needed.

“What we’ve seen tonight was not Bayern Munich,” team CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said at the time.

Ancelotti’s assistant coach Willy Sagnol has been put in charge of the team temporarily until a more permanent solution can be found.

Heynckes played the majority of his career as a striker at Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he became the third highest goal scorer in Bundesliga history with 220 goals. He was part of the West Germany team that won the European Championship and the World Cup.

He has managed Bayern Munich three times before, from 1987 to 1991, in 2009 as a caretaker, and from 2011 to 2013.  In that time, he won three Bundesliga titles. He has also won the Champions League twice as a manager: once with Bayern Munich and once with Real Madrid in 1998. 

Heynckes’ long management career has also included spells at several rival Bundesliga clubs, including at Borussia Mönchengladbach.