OFFICIAL: Jupp Heynckes returns to Bayern Munich

It is official: Jupp Heynckes is returning to Bayern Munich as head coach.

Just over a week after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked, the 72-year-old has agreed to take over until the end of the season.

It isn’t a comeback but a duty of friendship, Heynckes said to German magazine kicker. I’ve only done it because I owe lot to Bayern.

I have a great feeling and we can get going immediately.

It will be the fourth time Heynckes is Bayern manager, following two permanent spells (1987-1992 and 2011-2013) and an interim role (2009). Last time around, Heynckes bowed out in 2013 after winning a historic treble – still the only time it has been achieved in the club’s illustrious history.

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The German has been out of work since that success but will be officially presented as Bayern Munich’s new head coach on Monday.

Former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel had been considered favourite for the role, with Luis Enrique – who won the treble with Barcelona in 2015 – also mentioned.

Bayern held talks with Tuchel over the role, but those were mutually unsatisfying, according to reports in German and Heynckes appears to be a much more risk-averse choice.

It appears Bayern’s favoured long-term solution is still Julian Nagelsmann. The TSG Hoffenheim head coach is likely to be offered the job for next season. Heynckes will return to the Bayern dugout for the first time against SC Freiburg a week on Saturday. Bayern are currently second in the Bundesliga, having dropped seven points from their opening seven games.

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