Bayern Munich News: Bavarians turn to Kovac

1 year ago

In the latest Bayern Munich news, Niko Kovac will take over as the club’s new manager this summer.

Former Croatia international Kovac has agreed a three-year contract with the Bundesliga champions and he will officially take over on July 1, succeeding current boss Jupp Heynckes, who has long stated that he would step down after taking charge on a temporary basis last October.

Kovac is currently in charge of Bayern’s Bundesliga rivals Eintracht Frankfurt and he has enjoyed a successful time since taking over at the Commerzbank-Arena in March 2016, guiding them to survival in his first year before steering them to the German Cup final the following season.

The 46-year-old has continued to impress this term, as Frankfurt currently sit just outside the Champions League qualifying positions, while they also remain on course to reach a second-successive cup final.

Indeed, Kovac’s impressive work at Frankfurt has certainly not gone unnoticed, with Bayern now confirming the midfielder, who spent time as a player with the Bundesliga champions between 2001 and 2003, as their new manager.

“Niko was a player at Bayern, he knows the characters and the structures and the DNA of the club very well,” Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said. “We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern.”

Kovac could end up taking over the reigning European champions when he eventually does move to the Allianz Arena at the end of the season, as Bayern sealed their place in the semi-finals of the Champions League earlier this week with a 2-1 aggregate success over Sevilla.

Die Roten will now face reigning champions Real Madrid in the last four of Europe’s premier club competition and they are priced at 11/10 with Sportingbet to make it through to the final for the first time since 2013.