Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach

Bayern Munich hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich eased past Borussia Monchengladbach after recovering from falling behind to beat their opponents 5-1 on Saturday.

Kovac will be joined at Bayern by his younger brother Robert as assistant coach. "We acted very professionally because we took advantage of a loophole in Niko Kovac's contract - which he had inserted himself. We are convinced he is the right coach for the future of Bayern".

Kicker magazine reported that Bayern would pay a fee of 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million) to trigger a release clause in Kovac's existing contract with Frankfurt.

The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was heavily criticized by the fans, critics and even the Bayern Munich president before eventually being fired by the club.

Widespread reports in Germany over the past couple of days had suggested the former Bayern defensive midfielder had won the race to succeed Jupp Heynckes, but Eintracht Franfurt board member Fredi Bobic said on Thursday the coach's current club were unaware of any deal.

Kovac is described as a team player, addressing the need to get along with the club's leaders. But his role at the club could take a positive turn under Kovac next season.

Frankfurt's sporting director Fredi Bobic was furious, accusing Bayern of being "not professional and disrespectful". "If we'd said it in four weeks, we'd have had peace and the Frankfurters the trouble".

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Bobic added: "They did their thing and thought of themselves".

Eintracht Frankfurt's line-up in 2017/18 based on average position and minutes played. Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign.

Hoeness was particularly angered by suggestions that Bayern intentionally leaked the news of Kovac's appointment to the press.

He then took over Croatia in 2013 for two years before signing with relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016 and turning them into Champions League contenders this season.

The decision, however, in favour of Kovac marks a turn for success-driven Bayern, who had previously opted for big-name coaches including Champions League winners Heynckes, Louis van Gaal and Pep Guardiola. I informed the team this morning.

In German media, Kovac is regarded to be only second choice for Bayern.

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