Niko Kovac insisted Eintracht Frankfurt won't use his appointment as Bayern Munich coach next season as an excuse, despite their 4-1 thrashing at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday. Right now or at the end of the season, which would have been possible, then we said: "If we were in their situation, we would also be interested in finding out as soon as possible that our coach will be lost".
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. The thrashing left Frankfurt sixth, five points from fourth-placed Leverkusen - and a Champions League place - with four games left. Bobic confirmed that Kovac has an exit clause in his Frankfurt contract.
The Frankfurt coach said his move would have "no influence" on the team's remaining games of the season.
The decision, however, in favour of Kovac marks a turn for success-driven Bayern, who had previously opted for big-name coaches including Champions League winners Heynckes, Louis van Gaal and Pep Guardiola. That's why this point in time is not a very fortunate one for us.
Kovac is now in charge of fellow Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt but has been announced to replace Jupp Heynckes when the latter retires at the end of the current campaign.
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"We deliberately didn't say anything about it yesterday because we found the comments of Fredi Bobic to be quite outrageous", he said. Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert Kovac from Frankfurt as assistant coach.
Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic blasted Bayern for not getting in touch beforehand, and for the timing of its announcement. "Sure they have great players, but so do we", Heynckes said.
Kovac will need to adjust to instructing established stars at Bayern, rather than young players of promise still eager to learn, and he will be expected to maintain the club's high standards.
That was until Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge revealed the former Borussia Dortmund coach had already agreed to a deal with an unnamed club, reportedly French giants Paris Saint-Germain.