Sunday, 22 April, 2018

Bayern Munich Appoint Kovac As Manager

Real Madrid's Portuguese forward Cristiano Ronaldo celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final first leg football match between Juventus and Real Madrid at the Allianz Stadium in Turin Real Madrid have won the Champions League in each of the last two years Credit AFP
Sergio Cook | 14 April, 2018, 22:16

"We're very happy that we could win Niko Kovac as a new coach for Bayern", sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said.

Bayern Munich confirmed Niko Kovac as the club's next manager on Friday but drew sharp criticism from his current employers, Eintracht Frankfurt, for allegedly leaking the news a day earlier.

Kovac, 46, has been in charge of Eintracht since March 2016, saving them from relegation before leading the Eagles to the DFB Cup final in his first full season in charge.

Kovac who is a former Croatia worldwide played 34 Bundesliga matches for Bayern from 2001 to 2003, scoring three goals.

Since Jupp Heynckes took over from Carlo Ancelotti this season the Bundesliga champions have been unbeaten in the most event in football. "We are going into many important games".

Bayern Munich on their part only had to hold on to a goalless draw in the second leg against Sevilla, with a 2-1 first-leg away win enough to take them through. "We are convinced that he is the right coach for Bayern's future".

The Colombian is now on two-year loan at the Bundesliga club. He is predestined for the coaching job at Bayern.

"It was a surprise for us in this phase", Bobic said.

Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million).

"There was no contact between the clubs", Bobic added. It dropped five points below Leverkusen, which consolidated the last qualification place for Europe's top competition with four games remaining.

The Bavarian powerhouse has won a record six straight Bundesliga titles and may yet secure a league, German Cup and Champions League treble in Heynckes' last season. With 40 goals so far, they've already exceeded last season's tally of 36, the task of finding the net being shared equally throughout a team which doesn't feature a standout superstar.

The veteran coach has since backed Kovac to continue his work in the new campaign and is quoted by Daily Mail as saying: "Kovac generally makes a very positive impression".

Those regulations were reiterated in April 2014 following controversy over the availability of Thibaut Courtois - then on loan at Atletico Madrid - to play against his parent club Chelsea in the Champions League.

After former Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel rejected an offer, announcing he will join a big European club overseas.

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