Heynckes coy about future

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes has hinted he may not retire at the end of the season amid reported interest from Schalke.

Last Updated: 19/02/13 at 21:41 Post Comment

Jupp Heynckes: Making way for Pep Guardiola in the summer

Jupp Heynckes: Making way for Pep Guardiola in the summer

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Heynckes will walk away from Bayern in the summer with former Barcelona boss Pep Guardiola to take over at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern and Heynckes denied he was being replaced when Guardiola's three-year deal was announced, on January 16, instead claiming the 67-year-old was ready to call time on his career.

But Heynckes said: "I do realise there is some rumour and some information about that.

"I can't do anything about the rumours. I am a big-name manager and my name will come up.

"I will see about it at the end of the season."

Heynckes has guided Bayern 15 points clear of the chasing pack in the Bundesliga while they are one of the favourites to return to the Champions League final after last year's penalty shoot-out heartbreak against Chelsea.

The former Real Madrid boss is, however, reluctant to let speculation affect his side as they aim to finish his third spell in Bavaria on a high.

"What managers have to do is work hard with their teams," he said.

"Until the end of the season I will do what I have been and focus on my team."

Schalke sacked Huub Stevens in December but his replacement Jens Keller has won just once in six games since he took charge.

Under Heynckes Bayern are arguably the form team in Europe, having won their past 11 matches in all competitions.

They have kept 10 clean sheets during that run, while goalkeeper Manuel Neuer is yet to be beaten at all in 2013.

The Germany international revealed following Bayern's arrival in London that he has been left bored by his side's dominance at times.

"After some games this season I haven't needed to have a shower," he joked.

"Yes I guess sometimes it is boring being in goal.

"But it is actually important to keep talking and have communication with my defence.

"The key for Bayern Munich is that the whole team defends and we cover the spaces well.

"We immediately go to win the ball back. You can see that in the fact we have only conceded seven goals (in the Bundesliga) so far."

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Premier League: Roberto Martinez hails Everton players after win over Manchester United

Roberto Martinez saluted the focus and adaptability of his Everton squad after a 2-0 victory over Manchester United.

Transfer news: Atletico Mineiro to take Nicolas Anelka to FIFA

Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil has said that he is considering taking Nicolas Anelka to FIFA.

Premier League: David Moyes admits defensive errors cost Manchester United at Everton

David Moyes feels Man Utd conceded 'terrible goals' on his return to Everton and says missing out on the top four hurts.

Mail Box

That's Why We Didn't Want Jose At United

There is plenty of reaction to Mourinho's antics (Isn't that exactly what he wanted?) plus thoughts on Connor Wickham, Fabio Borini, beach balls and Tim Sherwood...

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property