Heynckes could not work at Chelsea

Bayern Munich Coach Jupp Heynckes has said in the build-up to the Champions League final meeting with Chelsea that he would find it impossible to work with an owner who acts the way Roman Abramovich does, the Daily Mail has reported.

Abramovich’s approach is described by the Mail as “hands-on” while Heynckes drew a contrast between the actions of the Russian and those of his superiors, Franz Beckenbauer, Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. He said: “I could not possibly work for an owner or chairman who tried to interfere with team affairs. I would not tolerate that. The guys I work for are football people…I cannot imagine working for someone who tries to tell me how to manage or coach the team.

The 67-year-old Heynckes is one of the game’s most experienced Coaches, having begun his managerial career in 1979 following a successful time as a player. A striker, Heynckes played for Borussia Monchengladbach and Hannover, as well as the West Germany national team, before beginning his non-playing career with Monchengladbach.

A first spell in charge of Bayern came about in 1987 before the first of two tenures in charge of Athletic Bilbao, and Heynckes has also led Real Madrid, Benfica, Schalke 04 and Bayer Leverkusen, winning the Champions League with Madrid in 1998.

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