1:32 AM IST
Stephan UersfeldGermany correspondent
Bayern Munich have sacked Niko Kovac as supervisor after Saturday’s embarrassing 5-1 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt, the membership introduced on Sunday.
“The efficiency of our crew in latest weeks and the outcomes have proven us that there was want for motion. [Bayern club president] Uli Hoeness, [sporting director] Hasan Salihamidzic and I had an open and critical dialog with Niko on this foundation on Sunday with the consensual outcome that Niko is now not coach of FC Bayern,” Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge stated in a membership assertion.
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The defeat by Eintracht was Bayern’s second of the season, however they’ve additionally drawn three and are in fourth place within the league standings.
“All of us remorse this improvement. I want to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for successful the doubles this previous season,” added Rummenigge.
Assistant coach Hans Flick will take cost of Bayern’s Champions League conflict with Olympiakos on Wednesday and for subsequent Saturday’s key conflict with Borussia Dortmund.
Kovac, who took over at Bayern in 2018 after a spell answerable for Eintracht Frankfurt, stated it was the “proper choice”.
“The outcomes, and likewise the way in which we final performed, made me come to that call,” he stated.
“Throughout this time, our crew has gained the championship, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was an excellent time. I want the membership and the crew all the most effective.”
Kovac’s crew wowed Europe with a 7-2 rout of final yr’s crushed finalist Tottenham within the Champions League on Oct. 1, however struggled in each sport since.
They misplaced 2-1 at residence to Hoffenheim within the following sport after which drew 2-2 at struggling Augsburg. They did not impress in slim wins over Olympiakos (3-2 away), promoted Union Berlin (2-1 at residence) and solely barely scraped previous second-division Bochum (2-1 away) within the German Cup final Tuesday.
“It isn’t an enormous shock what occurred,” Bayern captain Manuel Neuer stated of the defeat in Frankfurt. “It is simply not taking place. One thing has to alter.”
Whereas Robert Lewandowski proved a dependable goal-scorer, the remainder of the crew lacked stability and Kovac’s issues have been made worse by critical accidents to defenders Niklas Sule and Lucas Hernandez. Jerome Boateng shall be suspended for the sport in opposition to Dortmund following his early purple card in Frankfurt.
Bayern have already conceded extra objectives within the league, 16, than Union Berlin. It is the aspect’s worst defensive report since Jurgen Klinsmann was coach in 2008.
Data from Reuters and The Related Press was used on this report.