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Heynckes to 'rest' after Bayern


Jupp Heynckes. Picture: AP Photo/dpa,Marc Mueller

Jupp Heynckes. Picture: AP Photo/dpa,Marc Mueller

Jupp Heynckes. Picture: AP Photo/dpa,Marc Mueller

Treble-winning Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes will take time out next season.

Yesterday, he confirmed he would put his 50-year-old football career on hold but fell short of announcing his retirement following his club's most successful season to date.

The 68-year-old, who will be replaced by former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola in an appointment announced by Bayern in January, won the Champions League last month as well as the Bundesliga and Cup double for an unprecedented treble by a German club.

"I am still impressed with the events," a tearful Heynckes, who took over for the third time in 2011, said.

"From July 1 I will not take over any club here or abroad.

"I will recover, think about what has happened in the past weeks and months.



"The last two years were intense and outstanding," said Heynckes, whose career as a coach and player stretches back to 1963, adding his team had learned a lot after just missing out on three titles last season.

"I had told my wife after last year's Champions League final defeat that I would complete my contract at Bayern but not go beyond that."

Heynckes led Bayern to two consecutive Champions League finals, losing to Chelsea on penalties in Munich last year but bouncing back to beat Borussia Dortmund 2-1 with a last-gasp winner at London's Wembley stadium on May 25.

"This season I reached my limit. In the past weeks I realised I had reached an age where recovery takes a lot longer," said Heynckes, who also coached the Bavarians some 25 years ago as well as briefly in 2009.

"Coaching Bayern demands a lot of substance, strength and energy."