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Heynckes set for Bayern return after Ancelotti sacking - report

HEYNCKES SET FOR BAYERN RETURN AFTER ANCELOTTI SACKING - REPORT

Legendary German coach Jupp Heynckes will replace sacked Carlo Ancelotti as Bayern Munich's manager until the end of the season, according to Sport Bild newspaper.

Jupp Heynckes is to come out of retirement to coach Bayern Munich until the end of the season, the Bild newspaper reported late Wednesday.

Heynckes, 72, has not worked in football since leaving Bayern in 2013 after winning the treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League.

He would take the role until the end of the current campaign following the dismissal of Carlo Ancelotti last week. Caretaker Willy Sagnol coached the team to a 2-2 draw at Hertha Berlin on Sunday.

Bayern are currently second in the Bundesliga, five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund, and dismissed Ancelotti after a 3-0 Champions League loss to Paris Saint-Germain.

According to Bild, club president Uli Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge want the next coach to have previous experience at Bayern - seemingly ruling out one of the favourites, the currently clubless Thomas Tuchel.

Appointing Heynckes on a short-term basis could imply Bayern wish to move for highly-rated Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann next summer.

Heynckes previously coached Bayern 1987-91, winning two Bundesliga titles. He returned briefly in 2009 to ensure Champions League qualification following the reign of Juergen Klinsmann.

But it was in his last spell, starting 2011, with the record champions he truly wrote himself into Bayern history. After finishing runners-up in the Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League in 2012, Heynckes led the team to the unprecedented treble a year later.

Successors Pep Guardiola and Ancelotti retained the Bundesliga but neither reached the final of the Champions League.

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