by Satish Sekar © Satish Sekar (May 26th 2013)
Hard Act to follow
Pep Guardiola has achieved great things in football. Despite being a very young coach he has won two Champion’s Leagues, two World Club Championships, three La Liga titles, the Copa del Rays, two UEFA Supercups and thre Spanish Supercups with Barcelona, but the man he succeeds as coach of FC Bayern München, Jupp Heynckes could depart in style with a treble.
Jupp Heynckes has retired from European football on a deserved high – the third coach to win Europe’s biggest prize with two different clubs, along with an unwanted accomplishment. The last time he lost his job and it has happened again. The previous coach to win it with different clubs, José Mourinho, chose to leave Porto and then Internazionale.
“After the last final against Chelsea, I took the decision that I would be leaving,” Heynckes said, “but the season is not over. The season has been an outstanding one for Bayern, winning the championship and breaking the records in the Bundesliga. The time has come to win something like this.”
“This year we have accomplished something that has never happened in the Bundesliga. We have a team spirit an ability to work together which I have never experienced before. We have 22 players all of whom could have played in the first team. Not one of them didn’t accept what I said.
Of course I understand the disappointment of JK team. There are titles to win and disappointments and you can draw strength from that. Because like us last year you can come back. I personally would prefer to celebrate next Sunday when we’ve finished the job. I’m incredibly happy because it’s for the generation.
“Of course I understand the disappointment of Jürgen Klopp’s team,” Heynckes said. “There are titles to win and disappointments and you can draw strength from that, because like us last year, you can come back. I’m incredibly happy because it’s for the generation [of players].”
But even now at his greatest triumph Heynckes wants more. “I personally would prefer to celebrate next Sunday [the Pokal German Cup against VfB Stuttgart]when we’ve finished the job.” It would complete an historic treble and if that is to be the end for Heynckes, what a way to bow out.