Hoeness defends Bayern's conduct in Kovac approach

Niko Kovac

Bayern Munich have confirmed Niko Kovac will replace Jupp Heynckes as the club's coach next season.

Speaking about Bayern's search for a coach following Saturday's 5-1 rout of Borussia Monchengladbach, Hoeness told reporters: "It was portrayed as having a desperate search".

The 72-year-old is in his fourth spell at the club, and could yet win the Champions League again.

But, there is the risk that their final weeks of the season could see a downturn in form as Kovac's mind begins to shift towards Bayern - who Frankfurt could go up against in the DFB-Pokal final should they win their respective semi-finals.

However, veteran coach Jupp Heynckes, who came out of retirement to lead Bayern, will not extend his stay, hence the need for the club to find a replacement.

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.

Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic said the club had been surprised by the quick decision.

Several high-profile coaches, including Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino, were linked with the Bayern job after Heynckes reportedly rejected the offer of a contract extension.

Earlier, Bobic labeled Bayern's announcement as "extremely questionable and disrespectful" and accused Hoeness of approaching Kovac at a birthday event. That's why this point in time is not a very fortunate one for us. "Not of Eintracht Frankfurt".

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

He then took over Croatia in 2013 for two years before signing with relegation-threatened Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016 and turning them into Champions League contenders this season.

The top four clubs qualify for next season's lucrative Champions League group stage. Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign.

Kovac, who was born in West Berlin to parents of Croatian descent, has been praised for fusing together a team of many nationalities, and for its high-pressing attractive style of play. Bayern's loss is Hoffenheim's gain, however, as the young coach can continue to build his team to climb the Bundesliga table.

In German media, Kovac is regarded to be only second choice for Bayern.



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