Jupp Heynckes is fresh from clinching Champions League glory with Bayern Munich and is now one of the few coaches alongside the ‘Special One’ to have won the tournament with at least two different clubs.
It is time for Real Madrid president Florentino Perez to make the most important signing of the 2013 summer by acquiring the services of the man who guided them to Champions League success 15 years ago.
During his time at Bayern Munich, Heynckes made use of his wisdom as an old man to control the dressing room. Managing the likes of Franck Ribery and Arjen Robben is never an easy task. These stars are known to have a big ego. However, Heynckes succeeded in creating homogeneity within the squad and was rewarded with excellent results on the pitch.
Bayern Munich’s success under Heynckes speaks for itself; he did not need media hype to cover up mistakes like Jose Mourinho had to during his turbulent spell at Real Madrid. The manner in which Heynckes went about Bayern’s semi-final tie against Barcelona was exemplary. Without begging for tips from Pep Guardiola, with whom he shares a strained relationship, the reigning Champions League winning coach took on Barcelona and totally dominated them tactically.
He has now left Bayern Munich in a very healthy shape as pundits debate on whether it is the best team in world football currently. After the Mourinho era, Real Madrid need a responsible coach who will not give too much respect to Barcelona as candidate Carlo Ancelotti who is publicly a great admirer of the Catalans.
Heynckes has the boldness for that.
Heynckes' agent Enrique Reyes was speaking on Spanish national radio last Sunday when he made the intentions of the 68-year-old very clear. Reyes said: “Jupp would love to go back to Real. If Florentino Perez calls us, we would most likely accept the offer. For the time being, he has only retired from the Bundesliga.
“It’s not up to Heynckes, it’s up to Florentino Perez [to decide for Real Madrid’s vacant managerial post].”
Real Madrid have already missed out on Brazilian sensation Neymar despite having him at the club to train with the youth academy in 2005. Losing out on Heynckes despite Reyes’ come-and-get-me plea would be an early sign of failure ahead of the 2013/14 club football season while Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona continue to grow in confidence.
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