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Report alleges four players are unhappy with Niko Kovac (UPDATED!)

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A new report by Kicker claims that four of Bayern Munich’s veteran players are agitated with their lack of playing time under Kovac.

Bayern Muenchen Training Session
MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 04: Niko Kovac, head coach of Bayern Muenchen looks on during a Bayern Muenchen training session at Saebener Strasse training ground on November 4, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
Bayern Muenchen Training Session MUNICH, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 04: Niko Kovac, head coach of Bayern Muenchen looks on during a Bayern Muenchen training session at Saebener Strasse training ground on November 4, 2018 in Munich, Germany.
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Per a report by kicker (as reported by AZ), Bayern Munich’s dressing room is allegedly a hotbed of unrest reminiscent of the final days of Carlo Ancelotti, just over a year ago. Specifically, the report alleges that Thomas Müller, Arjen Robben, Mats Hummels, and Franck Ribery comprise an inner circle of players that are opposed to Niko Kovac and are actively seeking to have him removed from his post as manager.

The quartet have all seen their minutes reduced minutes under Kovac this season. The notion of discontent behind the scenes was exacerbated when Muller’s wife posted a story to Instagram criticizing Kovac’s decision making. The club made a show of publishing word of her apology to Kovac on its official website, but the episode poured unnecessary gasoline on the already-burning fire.

In addition to the unrest with Kovac, the Kicker report alleges that the four players also do not take sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic seriously. He supposedly lacks experience and even personality.

When push comes to shove, the report lastly alleges, the players in question are unwilling to fight tooth and nail for Kovac, potentially even on the pitch. The report claims that the players are adopting a passive aggressive approach to handling Bayern’s crisis — doing nothing to combat it, so that Kovac is fired. Specifically, in AZ’s words, the players are “refusing to go forward,” seemingly suggesting that Bayern’s offensive woes are in part a product of active mutiny.

UPDATE:

Apparently, there was some debate as to whether the players named were trying to oust Kovac from his post as manager, as claimed by AZ, but respected journalists in Germany have since cleared the air, arguing that their representation of the Kicker story was incorrect: