The news that club coaching legend Jupp Heynckes had been offered the FC Bayern Munich coaching job for the rest of this season was a shock, even to the experts, but the man himself had tapped the brakes on the story, saying he still needed to evaluate the situation before coming back for a fourth stint at the German record champions.
Well, it looks like he’s done evaluating, and has made up his mind. Reports today in Bild claim that Jupp will be back in charge at the Säbener Strasse on Monday, when the national team participants report back for club duty.
And another piece of the puzzle is falling in place, as Heynckes looks to build his new (old) training staff. Bild is reporting that long-time assistant, Peter Hermann, who was part of the 2013 triple-winning coaching ensemble, has asked to be released from his position as assistant coach at second division-leading Fortuna Düsseldorf, in order to join his old boss.
Hermann is quoted as saying:
I have received an offer from Jupp to go to Bayern, and I want to do that. I have requested my release from Fortuna and talked to Friedhelm [Funkel, Düsseldorf’s coach], of course. He has accepted my request. With Jupp, it’s something special.
The only hurdle for Hermann to be able to accompany Jupp Heynckes back to Munich appears to be Fortuna’s management, who have confirmed that Hermann has approached them, but pointed out that his contract runs through the summer of 2018. Technically, they could prevent him from leaving, but it’s probably just a ploy to make Bayern give them compensation for losing an important coach in the middle of their attempt to once again get back into the Bundesliga.
Bayern has not officially announced the move, but it looks like it’s a done deal. The only question that remains is, will Heynckes’ decision hinge on whether his former assistant can join him?