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Heynckes hints at retirement

14 May 2013 16:01

Outgoing Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes says he will not manage in the Bundesliga again, and that he is too old to go abroad.

Speculation has raged over Heynckes' future since Bayern appointed former Barcelona coach Pep Guardiola in January.

The 68-year-old – who played 39 times for West Germany – has been a manager since 1979, taking charge of teams like Borussia Monchengladbach, Athletic Bilbao, Real Madrid, Benfica, Schalke, Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern.

He is sure to be a man in demand after leading Bayern to the UEFA Champions League Final, and a Bundesliga title this season, but is more likely to walk away from the sport altogether.

Heynckes – who has been in charge of Bayern in three different spells – said on Tuesday that his time in the German top-flight was coming to an end, and that he was not likely to go abroad.

"Saturday will be my last Bundesliga game as a coach," Heynckes said.

"What will happen after that, we will have to wait until after our two finals (Champions League and DFB-Pokal Cup). I will probably say something in June after the German Cup final.

"If I was 15 years younger I would seriously think about a job abroad but I am not the youngest any more. Clubs want to do a generation change and you cannot really do it with a 68-year-old."

Bayern will end their Bundesliga season – which has seen them win 28 of a possible 33 matches, losing just one – at Monchengladbach on Saturday, a club Heynckes made more than 300 appearances for as a player.

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