Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac has officially been relieved of his duties after Saturday’s humiliating defeat at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt.
The Bundesliga Giants were returned to a bare minimum, as Jerome Boateng’s ninth minute red card saw off a 5-1 decimation at the Commerzbank-Arena.
That was simply the last straw for the manager whose indifferent start to the season, sees Bayern Munich sit fourth on the Bundesliga table, with just 18 points after 10 League games.
In his time at the club, Niko Kovac delivered a league double, but the Bavarian’s weren’t particularly convincing to fans, and eventually, the manager was let go, just a year after his appointment.
Club CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge explained the decision, pointing to their poor start to the season as the catalyst, as he thanked the manager for his services, especially the League double.
“The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action. Uli Hoeneß, Hasan Salihamidžić and I have an open and serious conversation with Niko on this basis on Sunday with the consensual result that Niko is no longer the coach of FC 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 Doubles last season.”
Bayern Munich will now be expected to begin the search for a permanent replacement, with the Bundesliga Giants already linked with several high profile names.
The likes of Jose Mourinho, Massimiliano Allegri, and Arsene Wenger have all made the rumor list, as managers who could take charge at Bayern Munich, following Niko Kovac’s dismal.
Jose Mourinho and Arsene Wenger have both revealed their intention to return to management as soon as possible. With the latter having reiterated on his decision to work at a club with a good structure, admitting he fancies the German Bundesliga, although it seemed his intentions were aimed at Borussia Dortmund.
Former Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri, however, intends on returning to a managerial position, but only in a new season. The manager had been linked with several other opportunities, but it seems the Italian wants some time out, following his dismissal from Juventus before returning to the dugout.
While Kovac’s dismissal was understood to be rather consensual than demanded, the club hierarchy expects to see a positive development from the players and absolute motivation to achieve the goals for this season.
Assistant coach Hansi Flick will take charge of the FC Bayern first team temporarily and prepare the team for the Champions League game against Olympiacos on Wednesday and Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.