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Kovac to replace Heynckes at Bayern

Kovac to replace Heynckes at Bayern

Jupp Heynckes believes next Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac was "predestined" to take charge at the club. Both of us and Hasan [Salihamidzic] have tried for a very, very long time to persuade Jupp, ' Hoeness was quoted as saying in FourFourTwo after Bayern's 5-1 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach.

This season, the German is still on for the treble having wrapped up the Bundesliga while also reaching the semi-finals of the DFB-Pokal and Champions League, where they will face Bayer Leverkusen and Real Madrid respectively.

Without doubt the biggest losers of the managerial appointment, Eintracht Frankfurt have lost a promising manager that had transformed the club in a two-year spell.

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.

The 23-year-old striker has won an impressive 117 aerial duels for Frankfurt so far this season, with a success rate of 47%.

Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said, "we lost to Real a year ago and meant to do better this time".

Kovac's brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will join him from Frankfurt as his assistant.




But Hoeness said: "We are a little bit confused".

Heynckes took over following ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti's dismissal in September and led Bayern to their sixth Bundesliga title in a row.

'He told us that he had already decided. The top four teams qualify for next season's Champions League group stage.

Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic blasted Bayern for not getting in touch beforehand, and for the timing of its announcement.

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 players must know each other and respect each other".

Kovac, like James, was a serial victor as a player.

He has seven goals in his last nine Bundesliga games for Bayern Munich, but Germany global Sandro Wagner knows there is only one king in Munich, and the rest of the world, for that matter.


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