Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Relief for Liverpool as Bayern Munich appoint new coach

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| 14 April, 2018, 22:19

"We are therefore convinced that he is the right coach for the future", Bayern's sporting director Hasan Salimhamidzic said via the club's official homepage.

The appointment continues a remarkable upward trend for 46-year-old Kovac, who will take over on July 1, after an impressive spell in Frankfurt - his maiden job in club management.

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.

The Bundesliga leaders on Friday announced Kovac would take over the reins from Heynckes, who was initially named caretaker coach for the 2017/18 campaign and was always intending to remain in the role for just one season.

Bayern had appointed Kovac as he is familiar with the Bavarian side, having played for them before.

Bayern have been desperately hunting a replacement for Heynckes, who came out of retirement temporarily when Carlo Ancelotti was sacked in October after a series of poor results. Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert Kovac from Frankfurt as assistant coach. In games like this, the team performance is important.

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.

Spanish outlet Don Balon, known for their bold claims, say the forward has warned Ronaldo that one Bayern star in particular is desperate to beat Los Blancos.


Kovac has overseen the most global dressing room in the Bundesliga, with 18 different nationalities represented at the club.

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.

Roma's sporting director Monchi said: "This seems the flawless opportunity to achieve the happiness that we couldn't get all those years ago".

'The speed [of the transaction] surprised us very much.

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

From relegation danger to the Champions League? "A enormous fixture, in a very positive way", he said. Both already know the club, as they were players there. The Reds are England's most successful team in the European Cup or Champions League, matching Bayern's five titles, but last appeared in the semifinals in 2008.

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

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