Niko Kovac: 10 things you didn't know about Bayern's new coach

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Croatian Niko Kovac will succeed Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich coach next season, agreeing on a three-year contract, the German champions said Friday.

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

After an inconsistent three seasons at Real Madrid, James Rodriguez joined Bayern Munich on a two-year loan at the beginning of the current campaign.

"Niko played at Bayern and knows those responsibilitiesas well as the structures and the DNA of the club very well".

Bayern' s latest coaching appointment has caused criticism from Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic who accused Munich of not acting entirely professionally.

Berlin-born Kovac took over at Frankfurt in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation playoff that season before finishing 11th a year ago, when they reached the DFB Pokal final.

Wagner made way for Lewandowski and the Poland worldwide tucked Joshua Kimmich's cross past Sommer in the 82nd minute, but he scuffed a chance at the death that would have seen Bayern register six for the third successive Bundesliga home match. With five league games remaining Kovac's men are up in 5th and right in contention for a Champions League spot.

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Never before have Bayern Munich entrusted the position of head coach to such a young man with no prior experience at a top club.

I'll take the team that has conceded just eight goals in eight UCL games this season. "They only thought about what served them best but did not regard what would be good for Frankfurt".

"It is going to be an explosive tie, but there is no fear from us going into it", Heynckes said after Friday's draw, per Marca.

The defending champions had a 6-3 aggregate win against their German counterparts in the quarter finals playing a 2-1 first leg away win and another 4-2 spanking at the Bernabeu last season. "The players must know each other and respect each other".

Bayern was initially in talks with former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, but he informed the club that he had agreed to take over another team while it was still trying to convince Heynckes to stay.

Kovac is relatively inexperienced - Eintracht was his first club job and he was only appointed in March 2016. The German has gone on to lead Bayern to a sixth successive Bundesliga title, while he has the chance to win the treble (again) with upcoming semi-finals against Bayer Leverkusen (German Cup) and Real Madrid (Champions League).

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