Niko Kovac To Succeed Heynckes As Bayern’s Manager

Niko Kovac will replace Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich’s manager at the end of the season, the club has confirmed. The former Croatia midfielder is currently Eintracht Frankfurt’s coach.

“Niko Kovac will be the new coach of FC Bayern from 1 July, 2018,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

“We agreed on a three-year contract yesterday.”

The 46-year-old ended his playing career with Austrian club Red Bull Salzburg, where he then took the non-playing role of the reserve team coach and eventually became assistant manager under team manager Ricardo Moniz.

In January 2013, Kovač took over the Croatia national under-21 team and in October 2013 he took over the Croatia senior team following the dismissal of Igor Štimac. Kovač managed Croatia at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, then became head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt in 2016.

He is the older brother of Robert Kovač.

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