Bayern are running out of candidates, Heynckes could stay

Ruben Hill
April 16, 2018

Bayern Munich have hit back in the war of words with Eintracht Frankfurt over the signing of coach Niko Kovac.

Both Bild and Sport Bild claim that former Bayern star Kovac, 46, will take charge from 72-year-old Heynckes in the summer while Kicker reported that his release clause from their Bundesliga rivals will cost 2.2 million euros.

He rescued the Eagles from the brink of relegation in his first season, led them to the German Cup final in his second, and has guided them to fifth in the Bundesliga this year - one of the league's indisputable success stories. "Niko and I talk about everything but I've received no information".

It has been a whirlwind season for the former Real Madrid star, who, after a pedestrian start, exploded into life at the Allianz Arena, inspiring Bayern to a record sixth consecutive Bundesliga title with a direct hand in a goal every 83 minutes he has played.

He is also understood to be the preferred candidate of club president Uli Hoeness. But Heynckes' long-term assistant and former Fortuna Düsseldorf manager Peter Hermann will remain to support Kovac, who will also be accompanied by his younger brother Robert and Armin Reutershahn, his two Eintracht assistants.

Kovac fulfils many of Bayern's strict criteria - but not all.

Instead, Kovac has built a squad which contains 18 different nationalities which the German-born Croatian has the experience, understanding and openness to manage. "But different cultures mean: different influences, different ways of thinking". "But we're not all the same".

"We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern".

Bobic said Bayern's announcement about Kovac was a surprise, and the timing was detrimental to his current club at the decisive stage of the season.

Meanwhile, Bayern have also confirmed that wingers Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery are in talks over securing extended stays in Bavaria after discussions on Thursday.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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