During his first full press conference since being announced as Bayern Munich's manager for the remainder of the season, Jupp Heynckes admitted that he never thought he'd return to the club for a fourth coaching spell. The 72-year-old returns to the club with a well-decorated résumé, having won the Bundesliga title three times with the Bavarians, and the Champions League once during the treble-winning season in 2013, after which he retired.
During the press conference, Heynckes was both reminiscent and optimistic about his return to the club (via ESPN FC):
If I recall my last news conference in Monchengladbach, I had come to terms with the thought that my coaching career was over. It wasn't my dream to ever come back as a coach. I received many offers from top European clubs, and also for work as a TV expert, but I turned them all down. It's been a difficult time, but my wife and my daughter said I should do it [return to Bayern]. My dog also barked twice, so that meant I should do it.
Continuing his reflective tone, Heynckes also revealed that he felt he owed it to the club to make the return following the lackluster start to Carlo Ancelotti's second season as manager:
After thinking things through, I came to the conclusion that you should never forget who has helped you in life. Bayern has helped me so much in my career -- without Bayern, I would never have ended up at Real Madrid.
Heynckes also made sure to highlight the fact that he wants to try and "establish a clear dressing room hierarchy," especially after the amount of players in the squad that reportedly had grown tired of Ancelotti and his coaching decisions. Heynckes knows that it's no easy task:
It's a difficult task -- it's a team in transition, without the best goalkeeper in the world in Manuel Neuer, and Franck Ribery is also out injured. Thomas Muller hasn't been playing his best, while Jerome Boateng is not the Jerome Boateng of 2012-13 [when Heynckes was also in charge]. The same goes for David Alaba who, after injury, is still not at 100 percent. Our team has potential and quality. I need to tease that out of the players and get them back up to speed. The important thing is for the players to rediscover confidence in their own ability
Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and club president Uli Hoeness both have fantastic working relationships with Heynckes and the two are adamant that they've made the correct decision putting him in charge for the remainder of the season. Hoeness described him as "the best solution" while Rummenigge stated "He's the man who knows what needs doing, how to lead this team and get them back on track."
As humbly as he's assumed his position, Heynckes took charge of his first full training session Monday at Säbener Straße, beginning preparations for his first match in charge this Saturday, when SC Freiburg visit the Allianz Arena.