Jupp Heynckes has said that he never expected to come out of retirement to take charge once again at Bayern Munich.
Heynckes, 72, is taking over from Carlo Ancelotti after he was sacked last month, and will be in charge of until the end of the season. It is his fourth time taking up the role of coach at the club. He took his first training session yesterday and began preparations for his first game in charge, at home to Freiburg on Saturday.
In 2013 Heynckes won the Treble with Bayern and his final game in charge was against Borussia Monchengladbach in May that year.
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Speaking after the news of his appointment was announced he said, “If I recall my last news conference in Monchengladbach, I had come to terms with the thought that my coaching career was over. It wasn’t my dream to ever come back as a coach. I received many offers from top European clubs, and also for work as a TV expert, but I turned them all down. It’s been a difficult time, but my wife and my daughter said I should do it [return to Bayern]. My dog also barked twice, so that meant I should do it.”
He said that he decided to return due to his gratitude for what the club has helped him to achieve. “After thinking things through, I came to the conclusion that you should never forget who has helped you in life,” he said.
Heynckes said that he is now aiming to “establish a clear dressing room hierarch” as he seeks to get the team back on track. However, he conceded that he has a difficult task ahead, “it’s a team in transition, without the best goalkeeper in the world in Manuel Neuer, and Franck Ribery is also out injured.”