Bayern Munich manager, Jupp Heynckes will hand over the reins to Niko Kovac at the end of the current campaign, the club announced.
The Croatian coach who currently manages Eintracht Frankfurt has agreed to a 3-year contract which will see him and his brother, Robert, saddled with the task of reinforcing Bayern’s dominance in the Bundesliga and European competitions.
“We’re very delighted we’ve secured the services of Niko Kovač as new FC Bayern head coach. Niko played for Bayern, he knows the people in charge and the club’s structures and DNA. We’re convinced he’s the right coach for the future of FC Bayern.” Sporting director, Hasan Salihamidžić said.
The announcement represents the second of its kind the club will be making in less than a year following the sacking of Italian tactician, Carlo Ancelotti. Ancelotti joined the team with much fanfare but was relieved of his duties less than two months into the job after the team consistently performed below expectations. Rumours had it that the players wanted him out due to his training methods which were a complete departure from what they were accustomed to and his treatment of Thomas Mueller.
With the sacking of Ancelotti, Heynckes was appointed interim manager to salvage the season. The German coach quickly steadied the ship and had the team playing at full strength again. The team will be looking to add the DFB-Pokal and UEFA Champions League to their collection this season having sealed the Bundesliga. To attain that goal they will have to overcome Bayer Leverkusen and Real Madrid in either competition.
Kovac has been on an upward trajectory in his career after being shunned by RB Salzburg for the managerial role when he was in charge of the reserve team in 2012. He saved Frankfurt from relegation in his first season and achieved a respectable 11th place finish in his second season. The team currently lies in 5th position with the goal of European football next season.
The Croat will be hoping for a more successful spell than his stint as a player where he played just 39 games and scored 3 goals in 3 years.