Das Ersatz: 5 Managers Who Could Take Over From Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich

Following the sub-par start to the campaign, Carlo Ancelotti was relieved of his duties as Bayern Munich manager. 

Bayern suffered drab draws to minnows VfL Wolfsburg and Hertha Berlin, as well as a capitulation to TSG Hoffenheim, and a humiliating loss to Paris Saint-Germain was the last straw for the Bayern board.

Mired in limbo, die Roten turned to a familiar face and brought Jupp Heynckes out of retirement, despite having offers from other clubs - namely Chelsea.

The manager famously led Bayern to the treble in 2012/13 - the only German club to do so - and was tasked with steadying the ship.

Five points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund when taking over, Bayern now sit a commanding seventeen points above their rivals, and sixteen over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen.

It would be an understatement to suggest Heynckes has turned the fortunes in his third full-time stint in Bavaria, but, alas, he was brought on as interim, and, naturally, the club must look to the future.

Here are five managers FC Bayern may look to in pursuit of finding a successor:

5. Thomas Tuchel

One of the most charismatic managers in the world, Thomas Tuchel has proven himself to be an astute tactician after a two-season spell at Borussia Dortmund.

Obsessed with positional play, Tuchel resurrected die Schwarzgelben after a dismal 2014/15 season, winning the DFB-Pokal last season and qualifying for the UEFA Champions League in two consecutive seasons.

Tuchel impressively brought consistency to a BVB side who had Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan, Mats Hummels and Henrikh Mkhitaryan ripped out of their hands.

The ex-Mainz manager is a keen follower of Pep Guardiola, but left Dortmund in controversial circumstances. Nevertheless, Tuchel was linked with Bayern after Ancelotti's dismissal.

4. Phillip Cocu

Phillip Cocu helped PSV Eindhoven to their first Eredivisie title in seven seasons, ending the dominance of Ajax who had won it four times in a row.

Back-to-back league title triumphs brought back dreams of repeating the 2004-08 dominance, but succumbed to Feyenoord's resurgence last season.

However, PSV are back on course to reclaim the trophy and look by far the best team in the Netherlands, dropping a mere eight points in 19 matches.

Stressing importance on developing players, Cocu could well be an excellent fit for Bayern's vision of fielding more academy graduates, having opened a new, massive state-of-the-art facility in the summer.

3. Lucien Favre

A very much under-appreciated genius of the modern game, Lucien Favre remains one of the most adept tacticians to have ever bless the Bundesliga.

The Swiss took Borussia Monchengladbach from rock bottom of the Bundesliga to UEFA Champions League football in four-and-a-half years, reinstalling the style of play made famous in the 70s.

Now at OGC Nice after several key players left, Bayern may look to replace one 'Gladbach legend with another.

2. Joachim Low

Synonymous with coaching Germany - as well as his dark-coloured clothes - rumours are starting to manifest Joachim Low may venture back into club football.

After a period of stagnation, Germany sprung to life soon after Loew took over as manager. Bringing a refined attacking style back to the squad, Germany became a major threat once again.

Of course, Loew's greatest accomplishment remains winning the World Cup in Brazil, but he may be tempted to transition to life with FC Bayern, having worked with many of their players over the years.

Possibly the clincher is Low prefers a pressing style similar to the one Heynckes has brought to Bavaria.

1. Julian Nagelsmann - TSG Hoffenheim

Julian Nagelsmann was once held aspirations to become a professional footballer, before an injury ended such dreams, but the 30-year-old has bounced back into the spotlight as manager of TSG Hoffenheim.

The youngest ever manager to grace the Bundesliga, Nagelsmann guided Hoffenheim to Europe for the first time in their history.

Nagelsmann's innovative, flexible tactics have won over many, but he credits his rapid rise to prominence from his close man-management of players, which enables him to get the best out of a squad often raided and limited in nature.

Having taken four points off the German champions last season, on top of beating them in September, Bayern will surely keep a close on the manager when he and the Sinsheim-based club travel to the Allianz Arena on Saturday.