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Bayern Munich name Niko Kovac as head coach

It’s official.

BREMEN, GERMANY - APRIL 01: Head coach Nico Kovac of Frankfurt looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between Werder Bremen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Weserstadion on April 01, 2018 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images)

After months of speculation Bayern Munich have officially named Niko Kovac as the successor to Jupp Heynckes. The Eintracht Frankfurt manager has agreed to a three year deal that will keep him in Munich through the summer of 2021.

“We’re very delighted we’ve secured the services of Niko Kovac as new FC Bayern head coach,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. “Niko played for Bayern, he knows the people in charge and the club’s structures and DNA. We’re convinced he’s the right coach for the future of FC Bayern.”

Kovac and Salihamidzic were teammates together at Bayern for two years during the early 2000s, so there is a good understanding between the two men. Niko’s brother (and former Bayern player as well) Robert will be joining him at the club as his assistant. The two were together with the Croatian national team as well as currently with Frankfurt.

Welcome back to Bayern Munich, Niko Kovac.

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