Jupp Heynckes has hinted he may continue coaching elsewhere after guiding Bayern Munich to UEFA Champions League glory.
The 68-year-old will be replaced at the Bayern helm by Pep Guardiola next season and was widely expected to bring an end to his distinguished managerial career.
However, following the 2-1 win over Borussia Dortmund at Wembley on Saturday, the veteran coach indicated his time may not yet be up.
“The decision on what I will do after the cup match was already taken last June? Retire? No, you will learn that after the cup final (against Stuttgart next Saturday),” Heynckes told reporters after the game.
A win in the DFB-Pokal final next weekend would complete an historic treble for the Bavarian giants, but the coach admitted his team were not always on top in the game against Dortmund.
“There was pressure on both teams but we certainly felt the burden of being favourites in the first 20 minutes. We didn’t get into the game in the first half so I corrected a few things at the interval,” Heynckes said.
“Last week in Gladbach was a unique situation, but today I’m over the moon for my players and the Lahm/Schweinsteiger generation,” he said, referring to the last game of the league season away to his former club Borussia Monchengladbach.
“I’ll be celebrating with my team tonight because they’ve earned it. I’m sure they’ll all let their hair down tonight.”
Thomas Muller still believes that his coach will call it a day after a record-breaking season, while the players now have to worry about trying to better it.
“It is hard to describe. I am completely done, I have cramps left and right. But I did not go off the pitch and it paid off. Physically I am over the limit now,” Muller told ZDF.
“When you are 68-years-old and you have a record season and then you win the Champions League and have the chance for the treble, you can be happy you are 68 and not 25. Because then you can retire.”