Jupp Heynckes returns to Bayern Munich for a fourth spell

Jack Kitson by Jack Kitson / 05 October 2017, 09:58

Jupp Heynckes has returned to the Bayern Munich dugout following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

The Italian was axed last week after 60 matches at the helm, 42 of which he won, and will now be replaced by Heynckes until the end of the season.

Former Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel, ex Barcelona boss Luis Enrique, and Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann have all been hotly linked with the German giants, while even Louis van Gaal was mentioned as a contender to return to the club.

However, in a surprise twist another former Bayern boss in Heynckes is set for another homecoming, as he prepares to take over for a fourth spell.

The German first managed the club between 1987 and 1991, winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles, and the DFL-Supercup. He returned for a brief five game stint as caretaker manager in 2009, winning four and losing none of his five matches at the helm.

In the summer of 2011 Heynckes returned once again, this time leading the Bavarians to a memorable league, domestic cup and Champions League treble, as Bayern became the first German club to achieve this remarkable feat.

Heynckes was then succeed by Pep Guardiola, who was subsequently replaced by Ancelotti.

Interim boss Willy Sagnol then oversaw a 2-2 drew with Hertha Berlin last weekend.

The 72-year-old will take charge of a side five points adrift of rivals Dortmund in the Bundesliga, while they’re playing second-fiddle to PSG in Champions League Group B, with the French side hammering them 3-0 last week in what proved to be Ancelotti’s final game in charge.

Ancelotti, who has been linked with the likes of AC Milan, Everton and West Ham, is taking a 10-month break from management, but hasn’t ruled out a future return to the Premier League.

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