Heynckes set to take over at Bayern as search begins for coach

Heynckes set to take over at Bayern as search begins for coach Munich - Veteran coach Jupp Heynckes was set to take over at Bayern Munich on Tuesday in a caretaker role after the sacking of Juergen Klinsmann. Heynckes, 63, will be in charge of his first training session after a formal presentation at the club's grounds in Munich.

Former German international Heynckes, who was Bayern coach between 1987 and 1991, is in charge for just four weeks - the last five games of the season.

Heynckes's first game on the coaching bench will be on Saturday when his former club Borussia Moenchengladbach are the visitors.

Bayern are now looking for a permanent successor to 44-year-old Klinsmann who lasted just 10 months at the club.

Supervisory board president Frank Beckenbauer told Tuesday's Bild newspaper: "I hope for a coach who comes close to the class of a Guus Hiddink."

Among other names mentioned in the German press as possible candidates are Arsenal's Arsene Wenger, the Italians Robert Mancinci, ex-Inter Milan, and Carlo Ancelloti of AC Milan, former Barcelona coach Frank Rijkaard and former Real Madrid coach Bernd Schuster.

Armin Veh, who led Stuttgart to the league title in 2007, and the German football federation's sports director Matthias Sammer, who coached Borussia Dortmund's 2002 title-winners, are also highly regarded.

Beckenbauer said Klinsmann had achieved a lot at the club including creating a "world class" training centre.

"What was missing was the success which you need to have as a Bayern coach," he told Bild.

"We thought he had a huge bonus from the World Cup (as Germany coach). But many fans were against him from the start. We underestimated the mood against him.

"The pressure from the media and the public was so great that we had to protect Juergen with this decision to part."

Klinsmann's sacking came two days after a 1-0 home defeat against Schalke 04. However Bayern are only three points behind leaders Wolfsburg who lost 2-0 on Sunday at Energie Cottbus.

General manager Uli Hoeness said Wolfsburg's defeat meant Bayern could still hope for what would be a 22nd league title, but the management felt the team needed a fresh impulse for the last five games.

Supervisory board member Helmut Markwort told ARD television late Monday that Bayern would have parted with Klinsmann anyway at the end of the season, a year before the end of his two-year contract.

"The Klinsmann experiment had essentially failed," he said.

Heynckes, who led Bayern to the Bundesliga title in 1989 and 1990, told Sueddeutsche Zeitung daily he would be trying to get the players to enjoy their football again.

"Juergen Klinsmann worked incredibly intensively with the players, developed many ideas and was very innovative. But you could see on Saturday (against Schalke) the team was blocked psychologically," he said.

"The first task will be to removed this blockage. The second will be to try to get my footballing know-how over to the team."(dpa)