Jupp Heynckes joins management's growing grey brigade

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Jupp Heynckes joins management's growing grey brigade

Beitragvon Son sovan » Donnerstag 12. Oktober 2017, 20:06

Jupp Heynckes was formally introduced as Bayern Munich’s interim manager on Monday, declaring that despite having retired four years ago he was “looking forward to the challenge” of leading the club through the remainder of the season, which will conclude a few days after his 73rd birthday. SBOBET
“Critics say I’ve been out of the game for four years but football’s not been reinvented,” said Heynckes, who will take charge of the team for the first time against Freiburg on Saturday. “Age is a number and nothing more. Some feel old at 45 but I’ve not changed. I still love music and sport. I feel young.”
In July, Turkey’s search for a new manager led them to the 72-year-old Mircea Lucescu, whose first job in international management came in SBOBET 1981, precisely half his lifetime ago.
Last month Crystal Palace handed Roy Hodgson the task of rescuing their dire situation, making him the first man aged over 70 to be appointed manager by a Premier League club.
“It’s a drug that gets in your veins and stays there,” he said. “At the moment I’m feeling as good as I’ve ever felt. You can’t tear up your birth certificate, but it’s how you feel.” SBOBET
Heynckes, Hodgson and Lucescu have been managers longer than any of their charges have been alive, the Englishman having first donned a monogrammed tracksuit in 1976, three years before Heynckes and Lucescu laid out their first training cones.
Alex Smith, however, can consider all of them to be sprightly youngsters, the Scot having become the oldest manager in Europe’s professional leagues when he stepped into the breach at Falkirk two weeks ago at the age of 77.
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