Borussia M'gladbach coach Heynckes quits

January 31, 2007

BERLIN, Jan 31 (Reuters) - Jupp Heynckes resigned as coach of Borussia Moenchengladbach on Wednesday, the day after a goalless draw with Nuremberg left the club without a win in 13 matches.

'We all regret this move very much,' Moenchengladbach president Rolf Koenigs said in a statement announcing the decision. 'He'll always be a Borussia man.'

Tuesday's result left Gladbach in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga, third from bottom with 16 points from 19 matches.

Heynckes, the 61-year-old former Germany international, began his second stint as Moenchengladbach coach in May 2006.

He won a fight against relegation and the club had a good start to the current season but they have not won in the league since a 3-1 victory over VfL Wolfsburg on October 14.

At that stage they were fifth in the standings, just a point behind the leaders.

Heynckes began his coaching career at Moenchengladbach before moving to Bayern Munich, where he won the Bundesliga title in 1989 and 1990.

His greatest success was in leading Real Madrid to the European Cup in 1998. It ended the club's 32-year wait for the honour but the Spaniards were anything but grateful to Heynckes, who was forced out a few days later.

Heynckes has also had spells at Athletic Bilbao, Benfica and Schalke 04, among other clubs.

Assistant coach Jos Luhukay will take charge of the team for Saturday's Bundesliga game at Arminia Bielefeld.