Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have decided to appoint Eintracht Frankfurt’s Croatian boss Niko Kovac as the successor to Jupp Heynckes.
German media outlet Bild is reporting that Bayern has decided Croatian Niko Kovac will be the man to take over in the dugout from next season with Jupp Heynckes stepping aside once again.
With many of Europe’s top coaches such as Thomas Tuchel, Jurgen Klopp, Joachim Low and Julian Nagelsmann linked with the top role at Die Roten, many Bayern fans will be shocked at the appointment of Kovac, with many fans expecting a big name to take over.
However, the 46-year-old Croatian has performed miracles at Frankfurt this season by guiding the club to fifth place in the Bundesliga and within touching distance from qualifying for the Champions League next season. Eintracht currently trails fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen by two-points with only five games of the season remaining.
Kovac is no stranger to Bayern, having played for the Bavarian giants between 2001-2003 making 34 appearances, and scoring three goals.
He made his managerial debut with the Croatian national team between 2013-2015, before moving into club management with his current club Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Croatian will be taking over the champions of Germany from next season and potentially the European champions. Bayern played out a 0-0 draw against Sevilla at the Allianz Arena last night progressing 2-1 on aggregate into the last four of the competition. They will be hoping to avoid favourites Real Madrid in the draw that takes place in Nyon tomorrow lunchtime.
One thing for sure, Kovac will be inheriting a world-class team of players which will hopefully bring trophies to his managerial CV.