On the eve if the club's home opener, FC Bayern manager Jupp Heynckes has brought up the subject of his retirement. According to Inside Futbol and a few other sources, Don Jupp has "confirmed" that he will retire at the end of the 2012-2013 season.
Heycnkes' actual quote says only that he will "close another chapter in his life" after the end of his current contract. Sounds like he's leaning towards retirement, but I don't know if "confirmed" is exactly the word I'd use there. In fact, goal.com, usually known for their outlandish, attention-grabbing headlines, went with "Heynckes Hints at Bayern Exit." So anything could end up happening.
A "my last year" pledge (or strong indication) could hopefully be one more bit of motivation for the players to send him out on a trophy winning note. With a weaker or more easily distracted team, perhaps the shadow of a new manager (Pep Guardiola?) could change the locker-room dynamic. But Bayern's players, whatever else their faults, generally tend to be eyes-on-the-prize types once we get into the meat of the season.
No further details are available, and clearly this is something that's going to have to be revisited later in the year. Just an interesting Friday night news dump from the club. Match Day Thread up in a few hours.