Bayern Munich Name Kovac As New Head Coach

14 April 2018, 06:30 | Kristine Mills

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FC Bayern München have confirmed that Eintracht Frankfurt head coach Niko Kovac will take charge of the Bundesliga champions next season on a three-year deal.

Zinedine Zidane will hope Real's experience will count for something in the semi-final but he's going up against a manager in Jupp Heynckes who lead Bayern to Champions League glory in 2013.

"I have already said that Niko Kovac works with a lot of different types of players and nationalities at Frankfurt", Heynckes told reporters.

"Bayern did contact us but all details have surfaced".

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

"I wanted Liverpool to get Madrid".

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.

Heynckes, 72, took over on an interim basis, following the sacking of Carlo Ancelotti this season.

He is also understood to be the preferred candidate of club president Uli Hoeness.

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Kovac fulfils many of Bayern's strict criteria - but not all.

Former German worldwide Lothar Matthaeus regards Bayern as the favorite against Real as "they have developed an unbreakable team spirit and are determined to win the trophy".

Kovac has a long playing career in the Bundesliga, was at Bayern between 2001-03.

Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million).

"Often, we try to treat everybody just the same but that's fundamentally wrong", he continued.

Kovac, far right, saved Eintracht Frankfurt from relegation in a play-off against Nuremberg in 2016.

But who is set to benefit, and who will lose out on the appointment of Kovac as Bayern's new manager?

A close friend of Salihamidzic, Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert Kovac from Frankfurt as assistant coach.

Meanwhile, Bayern have also confirmed that wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are in talks over securing extended stays in Bavaria after discussions on Thursday.



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