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Frankfurt furious with Bayern's announcement of Kovac as coach

15 April 2018

Bayern Munich have confirmed Niko Kovac will replace Jupp Heynckes as the club's coach next season. "We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern". Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will meet in the Champions League semi-final and Colombia worldwide James Rodríguez is on loan at Bayern from the LaLiga side.

The 72-year-old is in his fourth spell at the club, and could yet win the Champions League again.

Kicker magazine reported that Bayern would pay a fee of 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million) to trigger a release clause in Kovac's existing contract with Frankfurt.

Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic said the club had been surprised by the quick decision.

The Bayern president said the club announced Kovac's signing as soon as the coach agreed to join on a three-year contract.

'He told us that he had already decided. Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert Kovac from Frankfurt as assistant coach.

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Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros (S$3.6 million).

But Hoeness said: "We are a little bit confused".

It his highly expected Unai Emery will stand down or be sacked at the end of the season following another disappointing Champions League campaign, and Tuchel had been heavily tipped for the job. "Obviously the timing of this announcement is inconvenient". "Everyone respects the other", Frankfurt forward Kevin-Prince Boateng said earlier this season.

Reinvigorated in a deeper, more central role than he was asked to perform under Zinedine Zidane at the Bernabeu, James is unfazed by the prospect of another potential positional shift under Kovac next season.

Treble-chasing Bayern Munich, who secured their sixth straight Bundesliga title last week, crushed Borussia Moenchengladbach 5-1 after falling behind to a Josip Drmic goal in the ninth minute.

Kovac will need to adjust to instructing established stars at Bayern, rather than young players of promise still eager to learn, and he will be expected to maintain the club's high standards.

Frankfurt furious with Bayern's announcement of Kovac as coach