We all know about the legendary Ancelotti’s Bayern Munich sacking. Shocking no? Not really. Alright, so let’s take this step by step:
We’re gonna divide this into 3 parts:
- What Happened?
- The Transitionary Phase
- The Present
1.What Happened At Bayern Munich?
Pep Guardiola left in the 2016-17 season to coach Manchester City; his first time in the Premier league. He had an illustrious career with 3 League titles and 3 semi-final berths at the Champions League.
Then marched in Carlo Ancelotti; the three-time Champions League winning ex-manager for Real Madrid and Inter Milan. He won Milan the Champions league title twice and Real Madrid once.
Not to mention the two club world cup titles (one with Milan and one with Real Madrid)
After winning them the Bundes Liga in the 2016 – 17 season Ancelotti’s start in Germany could not have been better. (Wait, may be it could have with a Champions league and DFB-Pokal win clinching the treble. Okay we’re asking for too much!)
By the time all this could happen and 8 games into the 2017-18 season 5 big players went against Ancelotti. We’ll not name them.
Kidding, ofcourse we will: Arjen Robben, Thomas Muller, Matt Hummels, Robert Lewandowski and Franck Ribery.
Uli Hoeness had no choice but to show him the door. Wow. What a game. Not even the best are spared. The 3-0 PSG loss was literally the final nail in the coffin.
Side note: This isn’t the first time we’ve seen player discontent making way out for a manager. We’ve all heard of Jose Mourinho and the Chelsea 2015-16 campaign haven’t we?
2.The Transitionary Phase
Everyone started speculating and tipping who the new incumbent could be. Luis Enrique after his Barcelona stint? Nah he couldn’t speak any German now could he?
Thomas Tuchel. Oohh now that’s a hot pick! But no not him too. He didn’t have what it took to produce much. Besides all he’d won at his tenure at Dortmund was the DFB-Pokal cup between 2015 and 2017.
Jurgen Klopp was speculated to take an exchange offer for Liverpool given his less than perfect stint at Anfield.
Not even the young Julian Nagelsmann. Nope. He’s even younger than hard headed veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery.
Now, Willy Sagnol, the assistant coach at Ancelotti’s time took over for a short while but he drew against a defiant Hartha Berlin in a 2-2 clinch. So he’s out too.
After a lot of negotiations this happened:
3. The Present
The Germans at the Allianz arena called upon veteran Jupp Heynckes.
Just How veteran?
- He’s 72 years of age
- This will be his 4th stint at the Allianz Arena!
- He’s already won them 2 league titles in his first stint from 1987 and 1991
- The ultimate win was the treble in his 2012-13 season. And that’s when he hung his boots.
But well, the laces gave way, and now he’s back!
“I would not have returned to any other club in the world,” he said.
“Bayern Munich is very close to my heart. My coaching staff and I will now do everything to bring back successful football for the fans. I’m very much looking forward to this challenge.”
He’s slated to stick around till the end of the season and maybe then we can re-look the list from above. Klopp incoming?
Till then it’s welcome back old chap.
Here’s a bonus Top 10 Jupp Heynckes moments for you to know the German better: