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Heynckes ‘close to taking over’ at crisis-hit Bayern

RETIRED treble-winning coach Jupp Heynckes said yesterday he was close to a deal to take charge at crisis-hit Bayern Munich for a fourth time, after the German Bundesliga champion sacked Carlo Ancelotti last week.

The 72-year-old Heynckes led Bayern to the domestic league and Cup double and the UEFA Champions League title in 2013 but then made way for Spaniard Pep Guardiola.

Italian Ancelotti took over last season but was fired after Bayern slipped to second place in the league, twice squandering two-goal leads in consecutive games. It also went down 0-3 at Paris Saint-Germain in the UCL.

“Nothing has been finalized. Istill have to analyze every­thing because it has been four and a half years since Ilast worked for Bayern and football has changed since then,” the Heynckes told the Rheinische Post newspaper.

He said Bayern had made an offer until the end of the season and he had met with club bosses to discuss “several issues”, add­ing he felt fit enough to do the job despite his age.

Heynckes, who also led Real Madrid to the UCL title and coached Benfica, Athletic Bilbao and a string of Bundesliga clubs, has not worked since 2013.

He also coached Bayern from 1987-91 and briefly took over at the end of the 2008/9 season before becoming head coach between 2011 and 2013.

Two German coaches be­lieved to be in the running to manage Bayern — former Dort­mund manager Thomas Tuchel and Hoffenheim boss Julian Nagelsmann— have no prior experience with the club.


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