Jupp Heynckes to coach Bayern Munich until end of season

The search for a new coach at German Bundesliga side Bayern Munich has come to an end — for now. Jupp Heynckes will take on the job this season, according to media reports in Germany.

The 72-year-old Heynckes will take the reins at Bayern for the fourth time, his most recent tenure being in 2013 when he led the side to the Champions League title as well as the Bundesglia crown and German Cup. After winning the treble, Heynckes had said he would be ending his coaching career.

According to the tabloid daily Bild, he will take over from Carlo Ancelotti for the rest of this season. Ancelotti was fired last week after a string of poor results, culminating in a Champions League defeat at Paris Saint-Germain. Ancelotti's assistant Willy Sagnol had filled in as a temporary coach until Bayern's top brass were able to name a more permanent replacement. 

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Heynckes did not feature prominently in the speculation over who would take over at Bayern. Thomas Tuchel looked to be the immediate favorite. But with Heynckes an interim replacement, the likelihood that last season's Coach of the Year, Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann, lands in Munich have dramatically increased. Rumor had it he would not leave Hoffenheim right away, but with Heynckes steering the ship this campaign, by next season the time for his move could be right. 

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Zebec was appointed Bayern coach in July 1968. Zebec managed to win the double in his first season in charge, the first in the Bundesliga's history. The following season was less glamorous, with Bayern being knocked out of the European Cup in the first round. Zebec later announced he would not extend his contract, but was sacked midway through the season after a three-match winless spell.

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Otto Rehhagel

The former Bremen boss was appointed Bayern's coach in July 1995. After going on a shopping spree, signing Jürgen Klinsmann, Andreas Herzog and others, Bayern were expected to glide to the Bundesliga title. That was hardly the case. Rehhagel didn't even finish his first season in charge and was famously sacked four days before Bayern were due to play the first leg of the UEFA Cup final.

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After impressing with Stuttgart, Magath was officially presented as Bayern Munich's coach in July 2004. While his first two seasons brought back-to-back doubles for the first time in the Bundesliga's history, the 06/07 season was disappointing in comparison and after being fourth in January, Magath was sacked.

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The former Bayern striker was appointed after a successful spell as Germany coach and expectations were high due to his revolutionary methods used with the national team. But, he didn't deliver. Klinsmann was sacked in April 2009, with five matches to go in the Bundesliga season and Bayern third. Club legend Philipp Lahm has since described Klinsmann's campaign at the club as a "failure".

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Louis van Gaal

After the Klinsmann bet backfired, the Bayern hierarchy decided to go with experience. Van Gaal referred to Bayern as a "dream club", and the Dutchman managed to win the double in his first season in charge, while only losing to Jose Mourinho's Inter Milan in the Champions League final. The second season was less than glorious, with van Gaal sacked in April after slipping out of the top three.

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Ancelotti joined Bayern in July 2016, after Pep Guardiola announced he would not extend his contract at the club. The Italian may have won the league in his first season, but Bayern's form for the most part failed to impress. After suffering Bayern's biggest Champions League group stage defeat of all time, 3-0 to PSG, the club announced Ancelotti had been sacked.

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