Real Madrid’s search for a new manager is still on-going and barely a day goes by without another boss storming into the frame to replace Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked last week.
So far we’ve seen high-profile managers such as Mauricio Pochettino, Jose Mourinho, Arsene Wenger, and Antonio Conte linked with the post.
Caretaker boss Santiago Solari is an increasingly likely option for the full-time job after picking up two wins out of two, while Belgium boss Roberto Martinez, former Monaco head coach Leonardo Jardim, Rui Faria, and Guti all remain in the frame.
But now, a former Real Madrid head coach in Jupp Heynckes has been touted as a possible successor to Lopetegui after the German managerial maestro suddenly entered into the betting at 12/1.
Heynckes began his managerial career way back in 1979 with Borussia Monchengladbach, before going on to enjoy immense success with Bayern Munich, with whom he led to a famous Bundesliga, domestic cup, and Champions League treble in 2012/13.
In fact, the veteran boss has managed the German giants on no fewer than four occasions, including last season between October and June when he led the club to the league title once again.
Back in 1997 Heynckes ventured over to the Spanish capital where he took charge of Real Madrid for a single season. The tenure may have been a brief one but it was successful, as he lifted both the Champions League - the club’s first European Cup since 1966 - and the Supercopa de Espana. However, the club’s hierarchy opted to terminate his contract after Los Blancos could only finish 4th in La Liga.
But now, 20 years after his departure he could be set to return in what would most likely be a short-term appointment through to the end of the season, as was the case with Bayern Munich last year.
Mundo Deportivo has fuelled the flame after the media outlet reported:
"The last name to come to the fore is that of an old acquaintance of Madrid fans, Jupp Heynckes, who returned from retirement last year to take Bayern when Ancelotti was dismissed."