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Bayern Munich To Appoint Niko Kovac As New Manager

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Noah Ferguson | 16 April, 2018, 18:29

He will receive a two-year contract, according to kicker, which also reported that a clause in his contract at Eintracht allowed for Kovac to join Bayern or one of two unnamed foreign clubs for a fixed fee of €2.2 million.

Bayern Munich's hunt for a new manager has been hard and public.

Heynckes returned in an interim capacity - his fourth time in charge of Bayern, with the previous three reaping a Champions League title as well as four Bundesliga crowns and a DFB-Pokal - in October 2017 after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked.

Rummenigge also said that Bayern would seek a German-speaking coach, and planned to make an appointment before the end of April.

"There is no reason to doubt that I will be the coach of Frankfurt next season", said Kovac, a former coach of the Croatia national team.

Kovac, born in Berlin to Croatian parents, is under contract to Frankfurt until 2019.

They are now in fifth place, just two points behind Bayer Leverkusen for the final Champions League qualification spot with five games remaining.

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

Widespread reports in Germany over the past couple of days had suggested the former Bayern defensive midfielder had won the race to succeed Jupp Heynckes, but Eintracht Franfurt board member Fredi Bobic said on Thursday the coach's current club were unaware of any deal.

"We're all different and we have to accept and tolerate each other's characteristics", he continued, leading him to the conclusion that "you can't manage every footballer the same".

It's an interesting contrast to a criticism frequently levelled at another candidate for the Bayern Munich job, Thomas Tuchel, whose man-management of some Borussia Dortmund players damaged team morale. But Heynckes' long-term assistant and former Fortuna Düsseldorf manager Peter Hermann will remain to support Kovac, who will also be accompanied by his younger brother Robert and Armin Reutershahn, his two Eintracht assistants.

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

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