Could Jupp Heynckes be lured to Chelsea?by Jack Kitson / 25 April 2013, 10:03
Jupp Heynckes is currently enjoying a simply stunning season in charge of his beloved Bayern Munich. As a result the veteran manager may be regretting his decision to retire at the end of the campaign, with Bayern revealing in January that he will be replaced at the Allianz Arena by the in-demand Pep Guardiola.
The former Barcelona boss is set to have huge boots to fill as there is every chance that Heynckes will depart having led Bayern to a majestic treble. Earlier this month he won the Bundesliga title in record time, just 28 games, following a victory over Eintracht Frankfurt. In June he will lead Bayern out against VfB Stuttgart in the German Cup Final, and they already have one foot in the Champions League Final following their scorching 4-0 semi-final first-leg victory against favourites Barcelona.
However, rumours are now gathering pace that Heynckes may be tempted by one last challenge, with money-bags Chelsea a potential destination for the 67-year-old. His exploits this season have no doubt caught the attention of Blues owner Roman Abramovich who will have added him to his short-list of managers in with a chance of succeeding the unpopular interim boss Rafa Benitez, who will leave Stamford Bridge in May when his short-term contract comes to an end.
The bookmakers have finally cottoned on to this possibility and Heynckes can now be backed at a tempting 25/1 with Sky Bet in the Next Chelsea Manager Market. Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho remains the scorching hot 2/9 favourite to return to the Bridge, while Manuel Pellegrini can be backed at 3/1. Everton manager David Moyes, whose contract at Goodison expires this summer, is an outside bet at 12/1, while Chelsea legend and current Watford gaffer Gianfranco Zola can be found at 20/1.