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Jupp Heynckes has been officially announced as the new manager of Bayern Munich

The 72-year-old will take charge until the end of the season following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti.

Heynckes led Bayern to the treble in 2013.
Heynckes led Bayern to the treble in 2013.
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JUPP HEYNCKES HAS been officially announced as the new manager of Bayern Munich until the end of the season, the club announced on Friday afternoon.

The announcement comes following a week of heavy speculation that the 72-year-old would return for another spell at the helm following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti just six games into the new Bundesliga season.

Heynckes has previously managed Bayern on three occasions: between 1987 and 1991, in 2009 as caretaker and again between 2011 and 2013, when he led the side to a historic treble which featured the Bundesliga title, DFB Pokal and Uefa Champions League.

“There’s a great mutual trust between Jupp Heynckes and FC Bayern. That showed itself again in the conversations that Uli Hoeneß, Hasan Salihamidžić and I have had with him,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge on Friday.

“We’re very thankful to Jupp that he’s accepted the offer of head coach. He’s the ideal coach for FC Bayern at this moment in time.”

Heynckes has taken charge of a host of top European clubs in almost four decades in management, including Schalke where he won back-t0-back Uefa Intertoto Cups and Real Madrid where he won his first Champions League in 1998.

“I wouldn’t have returned to any other club in the world,” he said, “but FC Bayern München are very close to my heart. My coaching staff and I will now do everything to bring back successful football for the fans. I’m very much looking forward to this challenge.”

Bayern have suffered a disappoitning start to the 2017/18 season, losing to Hoffenheim while also drawing with Wolfsberg and Hertha Berlin — results which see them trail league leaders Borrussia Dortmund by five points already.

Ancelotti’s sacking, meanwhile, came following a 3-0 defeat to PSG in the Champions League last week.

Bayern face Freiburg next Saturday, before welcoming Celtic to the Allianz Arena on 18 October.

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