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Munich Bayern hires Niko Kovac from Frankfurt as coach

MUNICH – Niko Kovac returns to Bayern Munich After the strong performance at Eintracht Frankfurt

the 46-year-old Croat, who played for Bayern from 2001-03, has a three-year contract with the Bundesliga in July Master completed.

The former defensive The midfielder will replace Jupp Heynckes, who took over responsibility at Bayern last October. However, he has long said that he will not continue after the end of the season. The attempts of Bavaria to convince the 72-year-old Heynckes, were unsuccessful.

Despite relative inexperience after a bid by Croatia, Kovac rescued Frankfurt after the takeover in March 2016 from relegation and led the team into the DFB Cup final the following season. The Champions League qualification is possible this season after another outstanding season.

Frankfurt also has a semi-final in the German Cup against Schalke next week.

"Niko was a Bayern player, he knows the characters and the structures and the DNA of the club very well," said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. "We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern."

FC Bayern were initially in talks with former Borussia coach Thomas Tuchel, but told the club that he had agreed to take on another team, trying to persuade Heynckes to stay.

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