Heynckes offended by boardroom offer
Bayern Munich manager Jupp Heynckes has hit out at the club after having to find out about a boardroom job offer through the media.
In an interview with Abendzeitung Munich, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed that Bayern wanted to keep Heynckes at the club beyond the summer, when Pep Guardiola is due to replace him as manager.
"Jupp Heynckes does a fantastic job here. He is one of the great coaches in Europe," Rummenigge said. "We have offered him a chance to be part of FC Bayern in the future. We'd like some competent football opinion on our advisory board."
Ahead of Bayern's Bundesliga clash with Fortuna Dusseldorf on Saturday, however, Heynckes claimed that he had not been contacted by the club about a future role on the board.
"That surprises me," Heynckes told Liga Total. "It would have been better if they had approached me first."
And speaking to another TV station ahead of the game, Heynckes added that he was not interested in the job.
"Even more so, when I only hear about it from the media," he said.
Heynckes, who has been linked with the Schalke job for next season, stated after the 3-2 win over Dusseldorf that he is not prepared to fade out of the game quietly with a role upstairs at Bayern.
He told the post-match press conference: "My club, that's Borussia Monchengladbach, offered me the vice-president job a while ago. I also turned that down. After 50 years as player and coach I will not become a functionary, I think."
Upon hearing of his manager's reaction, Rummenigge insisted that the offer was made in good will as a thank you for his efforts at the club.
"It was meant as us showing him our appreciation," he said. "He should take his time to consider. Maybe he wants to do something else. That's exclusively his decision."
Meanwhile, Munich paper Abendzeitung have commented that Heynckes might be more annoyed by the decision to replace him with Guardiola than he wants to let on.
"There must be more to it. Heynckes does not feel enough appreciation, inside the club and in public. He is more annoyed by the Guardiola hype than he wants to admit. And disappointed by how the bosses praise him away," the paper wrote.
"On the finishing straight of his outstanding career, on which everything seems to work out, his reaction is very sensitive. Or to make it clear: He looks after his ego. In the end Kalle [Rummenigge] wanted to be nice to Jupp and it backfires."