It was a bitterly disappointing homecoming at the Commerzbank Arena for Niko Kovac as Bayern Munich suffered their biggest defeat since 2009, losing 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt. A 10th-minute red card for Jerome Boateng led to a thorough 5-1 rout.
Not long after the match, Bayern officially announced that Sunday’s (planned) open training session would no longer be open to the public:
Nach der Niederlage in Frankfurt wurde kurzfristig die Entscheidung getroffen, morgen nicht öffentlich zu trainieren. Wir bitten alle Fans um Verständnis.— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) November 2, 2019
Per Sport1’s Florian Plettenberg, the decision to close Sunday’s training session does not have to do with Niko Kovac’s standing; rather Bayern wants the players to be able to train in peace, away from the public eye. Plettenberg maintains that a decision about Kovac will, however, be made at some point before the end of the weekend:
UPDATE #Kovac: Absage des öffentlichen Trainings war KEINE Absage der Bosse. Wurde getroffen, um Spieler morgen in Ruhe arbeiten lassen zu können. Entscheidung über Kovac wird Sonntag erwartet. Tenor vereinsintern: Hoeneß/Rummenigge entscheiden allein, wie es weitergeht. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) November 2, 2019
Update #Kovac: cancellation of public training was NOT a cancellation of the bosses. It was made to let the players work in peace tomorrow. Decision about Kovac expected on Sunday. Trend inside the club: Hoeness/Rummenigge alone decide what happens next.
Kovac and his coaching staff will have to address the ongoing struggles with the players during the closed training session, while Uli Hoeness and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge (presumably) decide his fate. Bayern’s front office is not known for making rash decisions, especially when it comes to the manager’s position, but Hoeness and Rummenigge surely have a whole lot to consider in their decision-making process.