Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes is preparing for his last 17 games in charge of the record German champions, but despite making way for Pep Guardiola in the summer, he has yet to decide on whether he will retire completely.
Bayern had announced that Heynckes will be retiring when his contract expires at the end of June, which is why they moved to appoint former Barcelona coach Guardiola.
However, speaking on the eve of Bayern's home game against Greuther Furth, which marks the start of the second half of the season, Heynckes refused to rule out finding a coaching job elsewhere.
``It is going to be me myself who announces when I retire,'' he said.
``We still have half a year to go yet. I am definitely ending here at FC Bayern, but I have never said that I am retiring as a coach.''
Bayern's president Uli Hoeness said last night that Heynckes would probably have wanted to stay for another year, but the temptation to appoint Guardiola was too great.
``It's not wrong what he (Hoeness) said,'' said Heynckes. ``I said to him 'Uli, if you don't find an adequate replacement, then ask me once again'.''
A replacement has been found, leaving Heynckes to try to enjoy his last four months in charge of the Reds.
``I have always been ambitious and I will remain that way for these coming months,'' he said.
``I have absolutely no doubts at all that we will be able to continue to show the quality we have shown all season.
``We have a goal to win the Bundesliga first of all and we are heading in the right direction, which is why I don't think that will change in any way.''
Bavarian rivals Furth ended the first half of the season at the foot of the table, with just nine points from the first 17 games of their first season in the top flight.
``We can do better than that,'' said coach Mike Buskens in Kicker magazine.
``We now need to work on efficiency. We had chances to win many games, but lacked the composure to do so and we made mistakes in the final third, which is why we only have nine points.
``We just need a win to provide a spark. We need to reward ourselves for our efforts.''