Bayern Munich have parted ways with their Croatian manager, Niko Kovac, after 16 months in the dugouts.
Bayern in a statement said the decision was borne out of necessity after a heavy defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt, which is Bavarians’ worst in ten years.
The ‘mutual decision’ was reached after Kovac met President, Uli Hoeness, Chairman, Karl Heinz Rummenige and Sporting Director, Hasan Salihamidzic.
”FC Bayern Munich have relieved head coach Niko Kovac of his duties,” the club said in a statement.
Assistant manager, Hansi Flick has been scheduled to take charge temporarily.
Kovac said it is a good decision and one that the club needed to take at this point.
“I think this is the correct decision for the club at this time,” Kovac said.
“I would like to thank FC Bayern for these past 18 months. During that time our team won the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the very best.”
”We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for last season’s double win.”
Massimiliano Allegri, Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger are the three top managers touted to replace Kovac. Wenger however speaks German fluently and is tipped favourite for the position.