Bayern Munich Sack Coach Kovac

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Bayern Munich’s Croatian headcoach Niko Kovac/ AFP

Niko Kovac has been sacked by Bayern Munich, the German champions introduced on Sunday, after a poor run of kind that has left them fourth within the Bundesliga.

“FC Bayern Munich have relieved head coach Niko Kovac of his duties,” the membership mentioned in a statement.

The “mutual decision” was taken following talks with membership president Uli Hoeness, chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and Kovac himself.

“The performances of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action,” mentioned Rummenigge.

Assistant coach Hansi Flick will take cost of the staff “until further notice”, the statement added.

The 48-year-old former Croatia worldwide mentioned it was the suitable transfer for the facet who sit in fourth place within the desk.

“I think this is the correct decision for the club at this time,” Kovac mentioned.

“I would like to thank FC Bayern for these past 18 months. During that time our team won the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the very best.”

Bayern will play a Champions League match towards Olympiakos on Wednesday earlier than dealing with Borussia Dortmund within the German top-flight on Saturday.

“We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for last season’s double win.”

Saturday’s hammering by Eintracht was the membership’s worst league defeat in 10 years, throwing Kovac’s future into doubt.

After defeating the Bavarians within the German Cup ultimate in his final match in command of Eintracht in 2018, Kovac went on to win the Bundesliga and the German Cup in his first year in cost.

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Only one month in the past, Kovac’s short-term future at Bayern regarded safe after he masterminded a 7-2 win over Champions League finalists Tottenham in London.

Former Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are among the many coaches named by bookmakers as potential replacements for Kovac, with the latter talking fluent German and having beforehand expressed a need to teach the German champions.

AFP

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