The newly appointed Bayern Munich manager insist he has kept up with the development of the sport despite being 72 years of age.
Jupp Heynckes insists he has not lost touch with modern football even though he has spent four years away from coaching. He was appointed as the new manager of the Bavarians after the club sacked Carlo Ancelotti due to a poor start of the 2017-18 campaign.
Heynckes was in charge of Bayern a few years ago, leading the club to their first treble – Bundesliga, DFB-Pokal and Champions League. The former Bavarians boss believes he is fully prepared for what the future has in store for him.
“I’ve watched the most recent developments, be they in the top foreign leagues with Real Madrid, Barcelona, Juventus or the Premier League. I’ve also been very busy with the Bundesliga,” he told a news conference as quoted by Goal.
“There were several reasons [for my comeback]. There’s the friendship with [president] Uli Hoeness and the contact with [chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, which has never been broken down the years.
“I also have a lot to thank Bayern for. They were the springboard to an international career, which then continued in Spain.
“I thought 2013 was the end of my coaching career. I’ve had several offers from top European clubs since the treble but they were never an option for me.”