- Title: GERMANY: SOCCER: Heynckes in charge of Bayern after Klinsmann's dismissal
- Date: 30th April 2009
- Summary: BALL PASSED TO LUCA TONI, OTHER PLAYERS TAKING IT HEYNCKES SHOUTING INSTRUCTIONS WIDE OF PITCH
- Embargoed: 15th May 2009 13:00
- Location: Germany
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Sports
- Reuters ID: LVAB0RTQJK9CJZ34VWC57KP724US
- Story Text: Bayern Munich train for the first time new temporary coach Jupp Heynckes for first time after firing Jurgen Klinsmann a day earlier.
Bayern Munich has held its first training with caretaker coach Jupp Heynckes on Tuesday (April 28), a day after the club fired Juergen Klinsmann following a turbulent season.
Heynckes replaced Juergen Klinsmann on Monday (April 27) after the 44-year-old was sacked following Bayern's 1-0 home defeat by Schalke 04.
They are third in the league, three points off the top with five matches left.
Bayern fan Guenther Jeske said the decision to replace Klinsmann "came too late."
Another fan, Martin Wiegelmann added Heynckes was the right man for the job. "I think he is experienced and knows Bayern. If anyone can succeed, then it's someone as experienced as him, the fans said.
Bayern are already out of the German Cup and the Champions League and failing to finish in the top two, missing automatic qualification to the top European competition, could spell financial disaster for the club.
VfL Wolfsburg lead the German league standings, with Hertha Berlin two points behind on 55. Bayern, VfB Stuttgart and Hamburg SV are on 54.
Heynckes said Bayern must secure a Champions League spot if they are to salvage a turbulent season.
He added he had not planned for such a job but had agreed to it as a favour to Bayern manager Uli Hoeness and the club that helped him progress in his coaching career.
Heynckes, a former striker, won the Champions League as coach of Real Madrid in 1998. His most recent coaching stint ended in mid-season when Borussia Moenchengladbach went 13 games without a win in the 2006/7 season.
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