Jupp Heynckes Named Bayer Leverkusen Trainer, Bruno Labbadia Released

Bayer Leverkusen have released Bruno Labbadia from his contract and employed Jupp Heynckes as his successor…

The trainer merry-go-round in the Bundesliga continues with the news that Jupp Heynckes will be the Bayer Leverkusen trainer next season, with Bruno Labbadia now to take over at Hamburg.  

Labbadia was released from his contract at his own request while Heynckes, who took temporary control at Bayern Munich last season, will be introduced at a press conference on Saturday 

“I was very happy to be approached by Bayer 04,” Heynckes told the official Bayer Leverkusen website. 

“My short stay at Bayern Munich made me realise that I still have a lot to offer. I am looking forward to this new role.

“I know most of the players very well and I was attracted by the challenge of taking this young and very talented team back into Europe. I believe this side is capable of achieving a lot in the future.”

When it became clear to the Werkself board that Labbadia was unhappy and looking for a move to Hamburg, they moved quickly to approach Heynckes.

“We held an in-depth discussion with Bruno after the last game of the season, in which we analysed the current situation,” managing director Wolfgang Holzhauser explained. “We discussed everything in detail. We wanted to continue with Bruno at the helm but he wanted a new challenge.

“After reaching this decision, Heynckes was our first choice given that we have dealt with this issue on a number of occasions in recent years. We were very happy that this successful and internationally-respected coach accepted our offer without a second thought. 

“We are convinced that our young side will benefit from his experience and natural authority.”

Mathew Burt, Goal.com