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Jupp Heynckes appointed to caretaker role

Jupp Heynckes, who has been appointed head coach at Bayern until the end of the season, is a familiar face at the Munich club. The 63-year-old was previously in charge of the first team from 1987 to 1991, leading the side to the Bundesliga title in 1989 and 1990. Heynckes’ assistant for the next five weeks will be Bayern reserves coach Hermann Gerland.

After eight years as head coach for Borussia Mönchengladbach, where he spent most of his playing career and was a member of the legendary team which won the league four times in the 1970s, Heynckes succeeded Udo Lattek as Bayern head coach in 1987. After a settling-in period in his first year, the 1974 World Cup winner guided the club to consecutive Bundesliga titles, before he and Bayern parted company in October 1991.

European triumph with Real

Heynckes’ subsequent career took him to Athletic Bilbao in Spain, Eintracht Frankfurt, CD Tenerife and Real Madrid, where he won the Champions League in 1998. The Final in Europe’s elite club competition was also Heynckes’ last match in charge at Real. The man by now nicknamed Don Jupp joined Lisbon giants Benfica in summer 1998, but returned to Bilbao the following season, where he enjoyed a highly successful two-year spell.

Heynckes returned to the Bundesliga in 2003 as head coach at Schalke 04, although he was released just 16 months into the job. Heynckes’ career came full circle in summer 2006, when he retook the Borussia Mönchengladbach helm some 19 years after leaving the club. This was also to prove a short-lived tenure, as Heynckes resigned the post on 31 January 2007.

Third title for Heynckes?

He is now back at another of his former stamping grounds, albeit in a caretaker role until the last match of the current campaign. Together with Gerland, Bayern’s former league-winning maestro is now charged with repeating his previous feat and leading the men from Munich to the domestic crown. Success would mean a third title for Heynckes with FCB. By a curious coincidence, Heynckes’ first match back in charge at Bayern is this Saturday’s clash at the Allianz Arena with relegation-threatened Monchengladbach.

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