Bayern Munich have announced they are parting ways with Niko Kovac. The Bundesliga Champions lost 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt in Kovac’s last game as Bayern manager. Bayern, who are now fourth in the table, now trail leaders Borussia Monchengladbach by 4 points.
The 48-year-old Croatian was introduced as the manager of Bayern after the departure of Jupp Heynckes in 2018. In his debut season, Kovac won the league and cup double. However, Bayern have struggled this season under Kovac.
Bayern Munchen won 45 games out 65 under Niko Kovac but the sack was in the cards after the 5-1 loss against Eintracht Frankfurt. The loss is Bayern’s heaviest defeat in the last 10 years.
After the loss against Frankfurt, Kovac wasn’t confident Bayern would keep him in-charge.
I know how this business works – I am not naive. My feeling is not important, the ones who make the decisions are the ones you have to ask at the end of the day.”– Niko Kovac after Bayern’s defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt
Assistant Manager Hansi Flick will be taking charge as interim manager for the next two games against Olympiacos and Borussia Dortmund.
The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was need for action.– Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge
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.”