Niko Kovac: Bayern Munich announce Croat will replace Jupp Heynckes

Niko Kovac: Bayern Munich announce Croat will replace Jupp Heynckes”

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.

"We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern".

Kovac, who won 83 caps for Croatia but was born in Berlin, has been in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt since 2016.

Bayern clinched a sixth successive Bundesliga last weekend and were on Friday drawn against Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League.

It's a success built primarily on a touch-tackling, solid defensive unit in the former holding midfielder's own image.

Kovac fulfils many of Bayern's strict criteria - but not all. "Not of Eintracht Frankfurt".

Rummenigge and Hoeness will also have been impressed by Kovac's ability to build a team featuring an eclectic mix of characters: the current Frankfurt squad contains 18 different nationalities. "But different cultures mean: different influences, different ways of thinking". "We can all learn from each other".

Bayern had previously targeted former Thomas Tuchel to take over, but CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed last month that the Borussia Dortmund boss had turned down the Bavarian club, while sources told ESPN he is Paris-Saint Germain's choice to be their next boss.

James was introduced at the start of the second half and played his part in Thiago's goal.

"We were raised as Christians and religion plays an important role for us", he revealed. You need time and patience to grow.

However, that prompted an angry response from Frankfurt after sporting director Fredi Bobic, who claimed that the timing of the announcement was "unprofessional and lacking in respect" and could be damaging to the team's form over the remainder of the season.

Never before have Bayern Munich entrusted the position of head coach to such a young man with no prior experience at a top club.

His brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will join him from Frankfurt as his assistant. It's not enough for Bayern to simply win the league, or even the double or the treble - it has to be done in a certain style, too.

Tottenham Hotspur's Mauricio Pochettino, Lucien Favre, now at Nice, and RB Leipzig coach Ralph Hasenhuettl were also linked.

As for Kovac, his chance has come earlier than expected, but it's no less deserved.

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