Kovač to replace Heynckes as Bayern boss next season

Arnold Nichols
April 15, 2018

The 46-year-old will start a three-year contract with Bayern from July 1.

He returned to Bayern last October, but will again step aside this summer, as they club announced on Friday they had hired Niko Kovac to take over next season.

Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said, "we lost to Real past year and meant to do better this time".

Heynckes believes, Kovac, who lined up for Bayern as a defender is right for the role.

Kovac typically uses a 3-4-2-1 formation at Eintracht, which would mean a change of shape for Bayern, who usually line up with a back four under Heynckes.

Heynckes, who already secured the Bundesliga title this season and will still lead the team in the DFB Pokal and Champions League in the coming weeks, praised the appointment.

Not to be outdone Lewandowski, sporting a black eye from Wednesday's Champions League clash against Sevilla, came on for Wagner to score Bayern's fifth, his 36th goal this season. And in a one-off game against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich, Liverpool are a match for either.

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

But Kovac places huge value on the personal relationship with his players, a quality he attributes to his former coaches Ottmar Hitzfeld, Giovanni Trapattoni and Christoph Daum ("Three coaches who also possessed great human qualities in addition to their professional expertise") but also to his strong Christian faith. "That information made it to the outside - definitely not out of Frankfurt - is very annoying, unprofessional and lacking in respect".

Reports in Germany have suggested Bayern paid €2.2million to release Kovac from his Eintracht contract. "But if anybody thinks this is the easiest draw then I can not help this person - they obviously didn't see both games against Barcelona".

Berlin-born Kovac took over at Frankfurt in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation playoff that season before finishing 11th previous year, when they reached the DFB Pokal final.

Frankfurt also has a German Cup semifinal match against Schalke next week.

DW profiles the Berlin-born Croat to see what Bayern can expect from their new coach. It proved the turning point: Ronaldo equalised after half-time, Javi Martinez was dismissed and the Portuguese added a second in the closing stages.

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

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