Jupp Heynckes confirms he will not coach in Bundesliga again
The Bayern Munich manager says he has no challenges left to face in German football
Current Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes ruled out the possibility of coaching in the Bundesliga after his contract expires at the season’s end.
Bayern will not be offering an extension to the 68-year-old who celebrated his birthday on Thursday.
The former West Germany international originally announced his retirement earlier this year, but did not rule out the possibility of coaching a club in a different league after his tenure in Munich,
“There is no goal left for me in the Bundesliga,” noted Heynckes to reporters as his team was preparing for the final home match of the season against FC Augsburg.
With the Champions League and DFB-Pokal finals approaching, the season could end on a unique note if the Bavarians win the treble in their leader’s last hurrah.
Munich have already secured the Bundesliga title in record setting fashion with six match days remaining on 6 April. In what will be a dramatic conclusion to the Champions League Final, Bayern will square up against rivals Borussia Dortmund.
Just one week later Heynckes and company will travel to Berlin to compete against VfB Stuttgart in the Olympic Stadium in the domestic cup.
As of his 3-0 trouncing of Augsburg, Heynckes has appeared in 1,010 matches as both a player and manager in the Bundesliga, admits that his history in the league is finishing up nicely,
“The circle is closing,” stated the manager, who will play his final match as the manager of a German side in Monchengladbach where he was both a player and manager.
Since joining the club back in July 2011, Heynckes has lead the team to a second place finish in the Bundesliga in addition to appearing in last year’s Champions League final in his home stadium. Bayern went on to lose the tie 4-3 in a penalty shootout with Chelsea F.C. at the Allianz Arena.
Recently, Bayern disclosed that former Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola would replace Heynckes on June 26, ending the current manager’s third spell with the German giants.
During his first tenure at Bayern, Heynckes won Bundesliga titles in 1989 and 1990. While managing at Real Madrid, he emerged victorious in the Champions League Final in 1998 despite a lackluster finish domestically. Heynckes also sometimes referred to as “Osram” due to the noticeable redness of his face while under stress, will bow out with at least one major trophy for Munich this season. As the red light begins to fade in Bavaria, the world will watch Bayern make a run at the treble.
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