Alan McInally praises Bayern Munich's outgoing boss Jupp Heynckes

Last Updated: 25/05/13 6:42pm

Outgoing boss Jupp Heynckes has been brilliant in revitalising Bayern Munich, Alan McInally told The Footballers' Football Show.

Heynckes will lead out the Bundesliga champions for the last time at Wembley on Saturday night ahead of the Champions League final against fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern's turnaround has been nothing short of miraculous for the retiring 68-year-old who first managed the club in 1987 before returning in 2011, having achieved success across Europe with clubs such as Real Madrid, Athletic Bilbao and Bayer Leverkusen.

"Heynckes has got to the age where he's probably disappointed he won't have another season with Bayern."

Alan McInally

It will be an emotional evening for Heynckes on Saturday evening if his tearful press conference at Borussia Monchengladbach - which followed his team securing a record-breaking 23rd national title - is anything to go by.

"It's the first time I've seen a huge outpouring of emotion from him," said McInally, who played under Heynckes at Bayern between 1989-92.

"I'm used to seeing him angry or saying something specific. It's the way they've won the league and played this year and the way he's coming to the end of his coaching career.

"He's got to the age where he's probably disappointed he won't have another season with Bayern. Nobody's done it (Bundesliga titles) back-to-back and with this team - and the new players coming in - he just might have done it.

"He'll be prone to a few more tears if they win on Saturday."


After starting his coaching career with Borussia Mönchengladbach in 1979, Heynckes' first spell as Bayern coach came in 1987, but after two consecutive championships, they were in free-fall and narrowly avoided relegation in 1992.

Heynckes' exit swiftly followed and after managing Athletic Bilbao, Eintracht Frankfurt and Tenerife, he achieved European glory at the Bernabeu.

"Bayern president Uli Hoeness said that the biggest mistake he ever made in football was sacking Heynckes," added McInally.

"He went away with a number of clubs and then won the Champions League with Real Madrid. His stock was very high and with Bayern going through all their trainers and coaches, they couldn't wait to get him back in.

"The only reason they got him in 2011 was to steady the ship right away. He was friends with Hoeness and chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge from playing together in the national team. He just got everybody more focused - not by being hard-nosed but through his tactics and becoming more organised.

"The guys need a structure and also need to be told what to do to a certain extent. Good players think they know best but that's when someone needs to come in and say 'you're only going to be fantastic if you do it my way and that's Jupp's way'.

"It's turned out to be absolutely spot on."