Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes may make a U-turn on his decision to retire after stepping down as coach of the Bundesliga champions after the end of the season, which has alerted the likes of both Chelsea and Manchester City according to recent reports.
Pep Guardiola, who was Chelsea’s initial prime target, will take over at the Allianz Arena in July, as Heynckes was set to retire but the Premier League clubs believe that they may be able to twist his arm and the Express reckon he’s a back-up option to Jose Mourinho for the Blues.
Bayern look set to progress to the Champions League semi-finals at the expense of Juventus as they hold a two goal advantage from the first leg and they are one of the favourites in the tournament, so Heynckes’ credentials may grab the attention of Roman Abramovich.
Everyone from the fans, press, players and other managers believe that Mourinho will be making a dramatic return to Stamford Bridge but you can never be so sure of anything, especially at Chelsea. It wasn’t long ago that the press, public and bookies were convinced that Guus Hiddink would become Chelsea manager but the West London club surprised everyone by swooping for Andre Villas-Boas.
Whoever our next manager may they will have to fulfil a certain criteria as the club has spent a lot of time developing the youth and it would be an absolute waste to bring in anyone that has no intention of seeing that through, especially during these times of Financial Fair Play and Chelsea wanting to look after their interests in the long term. You’d also think that expansive and attractive football is a must when you have players like Juan Mata and Eden Hazard, I believe we are only two or three players off being able to do this whilst challenging for major honours.