Bayern Munich have announced the appointment of former head coach Jupp Heynckes until the end of the season.
Heynckes returns for a fourth spell in charge of the German giants following the departure of Carlo Ancelotti last month.
Bayern announced the appointment of Heynckes, who has won the Bundesliga three times and the Champions League once across his previous spells at the club, via their Twitter accounts.
“I would not have returned to any other club, but FC Bayern are a matter very close to my heart,” Heynckes told Bayern’s official website. “My staff and I will invest everything we have now so the team will be able to present successful football to our fans again soon. I am looking forward to this task.”
Heynckes added: “It’s not a comeback, it’s a friendly turn. And I’ve only done it because I owe a great deal to Bayern. I have a very good feeling. We can start now.”
Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge is delighted Heynckes agreed to return to the club and said he is the “ideal” appointment.
“There is a great bond of trust between FC Bayern and Jupp Heynckes,” he said. “The talks, conducted by Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and myself, have shown it once again. We are thankful that Jupp has accepted the job as our head coach. At this point in time, he’s the ideal coach for FC Bayern.”
Bayern sporting director Salihamidzic added: “Jupp Heynckes is a master in leadership and tactics. We are convinced that in our current situation he’s exactly the right man to lead our team back to success and to our goals.”
Heynckes has brought in Hermann Gerland, who will leave his post as head of Bayern’s academy until the end of the season, and Fortuna Dusseldorf assistant coach Peter Hermann to join his staff.
Germany coach Low also voiced his support for Heynckes after securing World Cup qualification for the reigning world champions.
“He’s an unbelievably experienced coach and, of course, he has a great aura too,” he said. “In the situation that Bayern finds itself, it’s a very good solution. If he comes back a few more times then perhaps he will become my successor at some stage!”