Jupp Heynckes appointed Bayern Munich boss for a fourth time

Lawrence Cooper
October 7, 2017

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.

Together with "Bavaria" Jupp Heynckes in the 2012/2013 season, took the Champions League and three times champion of Germany.

The club could not be immediately reached for a comment.

The Italian boss had been in charge of Bayern since the beginning of last season and won three trophies, including the Bundesliga.

Ancelotti was sacked last month following a 3-0 defeat to Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League.

German media report that Heynckes could return to Bayern until the end of the season with current Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann tipped to take over for the 2018/19 season.

Heynckes first managed Bayern between 1987 and 1991, before a short spell as caretaker manager in 2009.

Heynckes lifts the Champions League trophy on the famous Wembley balcony in 2013

'I would not have returned to any other club in the world, but Bayern Munich is a labour of love for me, ' he said.

In an interview with Kicker magazine, Heynckes said he was "not making a comeback, it's a service for a friend". "At present he is the ideal coach for Bayern", he added.

However once the club had secured a return for one of his former assistants, namely Peter Hermann, who had been with Fortuna Düsseldorf, the formalities were completed on Friday.

The Bundesliga champions made no mention of former French worldwide defender and Bayern stalwart Willy Sagnol, who had stepped in as interim coach after the shock departure of Italian Ancelotti. Bayern are the only German club to ever achieve that feat.

"Pleased to see my former coach back at @FCBayern", Schweinsteiger tweeted.

He made 39 global appearances, scoring 19 goals for West Germany.

As the contract as just until the end of the season, presumably Bayern will be laying the groundwork for a more long-term successor.

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