Bayern Munich confirm Kovac will replace Heynckes

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14 April, 2018

"We've convinced he's the right trainer for the future of FC Bayern".

The club in a statement from its Sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic, said the Croatian will be joined by his brother Robert Kovac who is now Eintracht Frankfurt head coach as his assistant from a deal that will run from July 1st 2018 to 30 June 2021.

Bayern Munich meanwhile sealed their place in the semi-finals with a goalless draw at home to Sevilla, who had Joaquin Correa shown a red card in stoppage time.

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

His coaching pedigree As recently as a week prior to his unveiling as Bayern coach, Kovač said he was not planning to leave Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Champions League semifinalists brought Heynckes, who led the club to European triumph in 2013, back from retirement midseason after sacking Carlo Ancelotti.

A former defender for Bayern born in Berlin, the Croatian has coached Frankfurt to within two points of a Champions League spot this season.

"It's a good choice".

Like Bayern a year ago, Juve were furious and Gianluigi Buffon, who was sent off for protesting in the aftermath of the penalty decision, said: "The team gave its all".

The elder Kovac was also coach of the Croatian team with his brother as assistant manager.

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Bayern, playing in their seventh straight Champions League quarter-final, never needed to hit top form but were in control throughout with the largely toothless Spaniards only rarely venturing into their opponents' box.

"I'm enjoying life, but it's always a question of financial security", Nagelsmann said, as reported by the Bundesliga's official website. "It's hard for me now that it's ending soon".

Speculation surfaced on Thursday that Bayern had struck an agreement with Eintracht Frankfurt coach Kovac, with a view to him taking over for next season.

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).

Kovac is described as a team player, addressing the need to get along with the club's leaders.

"It was a surprise for us in this phase", Bobic said. "But what do you want, that is how Bayern work, only thinking about themselves". "One has to accept that, but it's not a problem for us". I think we have a good chance.

"Wedding is a working class area, a small district with lots of foreigners, but Germans too", he told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in December when asked about his upbringing.

The decision to appoint Kovac marks a change of approach for success-driven Bayern, who had previously opted for big-name coaches.

Borussia Monchengladbach head coach Dieter Hecking insists his team will not settle for limiting the damage against the champions. Respect is hugely important in such a collective. "The players must know each other and respect each other".


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