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Niko Kovac named Bayern coach from 2018-19 season

IANS  |  Munich 

Niko Kovac, the of Eintracht Frankfurt, will replace Heynckes as Munich's after the 2017-18 season, the German champions said on Friday.

Munich confirmed on the club's official account that sporting had "agreed a three-year contract" on Thursday and would officially start his new job on July 1, reports

The 46-year-old Croat takes over from 72-year-old Heynckes, who came out of retirement in October after was sacked to steer to their sixth consecutive league title, and the semi-finals of both the German Cup and the

Kovac took over at in March 2016 with the Hessians fighting to avoid the drop, which they managed only after winning the relegation playoff against FC Nuremberg.

He then led them to an 11th place finish the following season, and the team have further improved this term, standing currently in fifth place, level on points with RB Leipzig and two points off Leverkusen in the last qualification spot.

also made it to the final of the 2017 German Cup, which they lost to Borussia Dortmund, and have again reached the semis this year.



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First Published: Fri, April 13 2018. 19:08 IST