Bayern sacks Niko Kovac after Frankfurt defeat


Bayern Munich has parted way with head coach, Niko Kovac after a spout of disappointing results.

The club has won only five of their last 10 matches, leaving them with 18 points — four points behind leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach

Kovac’s sack was announced on Sunday night, following talks with the club president, Uli Hoeness, chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sporting director, Hasan Salihamidzic and Kovac himself. 

This is coming 24 hours after the German champions suffered a historic 5-1 defeat against Eintracht Frankfurt, their worst Bundesliga loss in a decade. 

“The performances of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action,” said Rummenigge in a statement. 

“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.” Assistant coach Hansi Flick will take charge of the team “until further notice”, the statement added. 

The 48-year-old former Croatia international said it was the right move for the side who sit in fourth place in the table after a series of disappointing matches. 

“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.” 

Bayern will play a Champions League match against Olympiakos on Wednesday before facing their biggest rivals Borussia Dortmund in the German top-flight on Saturday. 

According to the statement, assistant coach, Hansi Flick will take charge of the team until further notice. 

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