By ESPNSTAR.com staff
Heynckes took over the reins at Bayern in 2011, the third time he has been appointed as manager of the club in a long illustrious career, and managed to steer them into last season's Champions League final where they narrowly lost to Chelsea on penalties.
His current reign at the club has yielded little in the way of titles, with only the DFL-Supercup to his name so far but having already made several new signings this summer, including the likes of Xherdan Shaqiri and Mario Mandzukic, there is genuine hope that Heynckes will be able to wrest the Bundesliga title from current champions Dortmund.
Still, that may not be enough to ensure that Heynckes will stick around for next season, although the 67-year-old is already mentally prepared for the possibility that his contract may not be renewed past 2013.
Speaking to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, he said: "Let's be honest, I have a two-year contract which ends on June 30 2013.
"And then another stage of life comes to an end. I am no longer 37 years old."
Heynckes also readily hinted that the Bayern hierarchy might be looking for a younger coach to take over him after this season but stressed that the club had only success on their mind.
"Ultimately, it's also whether they want a young or an old coach here," he added.
"At Bayern one thing is important: success."
It is widely believed that the Bavarian club are looking for a younger and more dynamic coach to take the club forward, with the names of Pep Guardiola and Borussia Monchengladbach's Lucien Favre touted as possible replacements for Heynckes.
FSV Mainz manager Thomas Tuchel is another name Bayern have been linked to, with club legend Franz Beckenbauer himself admitting that an offer for the 38-year-old coach could be forthcoming.
"I imagine that [president Uli] Hoeness would consider him," Beckenbauer told Sport1.
Heynckes' third stint at Bayern has been relatively successful, with the club enjoying a respectable 68.42% win percentage in a total of 57 games so far.