Bayern Munich have confirmed the sack of manager, Niko Kovac following their recent demolition by Bundesliga outfit, Frankfurt. The Croatian took over the club from Bayern legendary manager, Jupp Heynckes in 2018.
The 48-year-old won a league and cup double in his first season. However, the Bavarians have struggled to replicate the same form they maintained in the first season of the Croatian.
The Bundesliga giants were humiliated by Kovac’s former team, Eintracht Frankfurt, a result which showed Kovac’s time at the Allianz Arena has come to an end.
It remains to be seen who will replace the 48-year-old. However, assistant manager, Hansi Flick is poised to take charge for the upcoming games against Olympiakos and Borussia Dortmund.
Bayern Munich are expected to fetch a long-term replacement for the sacked manager during the International break coming up soon.
A long list of high-profile managers including Mauricio Pochettino and Jose Mourinho have already been linked to the vacant position. Coaches like Ajax’s Erik Hen Tag and Dutch manager, Mark Van Bommel are also expected to be strong contenders for the job.
“I think this is the right decision for the club at the moment. The results, and also the way we last played, made me come to that decision. My brother Robert and I thank Bayern for the last one-and-a-half years.” Kovac said in a statement posted on the club’s website.
“During this time, our team has won the championship, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the best.”
The CEO of the club, Karl Heinz-Rummenigge said:
“The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was need for action.
“Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and serious conversation with Niko on this basis on Sunday with the consensual result that Niko is no longer coach of Bayern.
“We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, especially for winning the double this past season.”