Jupp Heynckes: 'Niko Kovac predestined for Bayern Munich'

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Niko Kovac, the head coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, will replace Jupp Heynckes as Bayern Munich's head coach after the 2017-18 football season, the German champions said on Friday. "We agreed yesterday on a three-year contract".

"We are very happy that we can have Niko Kovac as the new coach of FC Bayern".

"Niko played at Bayern and knows the character, structure, and DNA of the club very well".

Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said, "we lost to Real a year ago and meant to do better this time".

For that reason, Heynckes' long-term assistant, and former Fortuna Düsseldorf manager, Peter Hermann, will remain at Bayern to support Kovac, who will also bring his brother Robert and Armin Reutershahn with him as assistant coaches.

"And later, the 40-year-old goalkeeper, who was likely to be playing his final Champions League game, added: "'You have to be a murderer to make the last two decisions the referee made".

"I have to say, it's a cracking tie".

Kovac had prviously said that "there is no reason to doubt that I will be the coach of Frankfurt next season".

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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.

Former Croatia captain and coach has been named new manager of German champions Bayern Munich.

The Croat, who had also coached his country at the last World Cup in Brazil, had impressed by helping Frankfurt survive relegation in 2016 before leading them to contention for a European slot for next season.

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They are also through to the Champions League last four where they will face Real Madrid and take on Bayer Leverkusen in the German Cup semi-final next week.

"We kept our discipline and we didn't pick up any yellow cards, even though four players were in danger of being suspended, which was important", he said.

Without doubt the biggest losers of the managerial appointment, Eintracht Frankfurt have lost a promising manager that had transformed the club in a two-year spell.

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