Bayern Munich have announced that Jupp Heynckes is to succeed Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena and take in a fourth spell at the helm. The Bundesliga champions opted to part with their Italian coach on the back of a slow start to the 2017-18 campaign, which culminated in a 3-0 Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain. Willy Sagnol was handed the reins on an interim basis, but Bayern have moved quickly to acquire the services of a more experienced tactician to see them through until the end of the season.
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Heynckes, who led Bayern to a historic treble in 2012-13 in his third spell in charge, has a signed a contract with the Bavarian club until June 2018. Assistant Peter Hermann will join him in Munich after second division side Fortuna Düsseldorf agreed to release their assistant coach.
Heynckes himself, who retired after Bayern’s 2013 treble win, said Bayern Munich have a “special place in my heart” and revealed he would not have come out of retirement for any other club. The 72-year-old will take charge of training on Monday and will take his place on the Bayern bench when the defending Bundesliga champions host Freiburg on October 14.
Heynckes, meanwhile, has received the backing from Bayern defender Jerome Boateng and Germany boss Joachim Low to take over the Bundesliga champions for a fourth time.
Heynckes had been in retirement since winning the Treble with Bayern in 2013, when Boateng was an integral member of the side.
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