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European Soccer - Bayern Fire Kovac!

Croatian dismissed after five-goal mauling in Frankfurt.

Niko Kovacs and Bayern parted ways following Saturday’s 5-1 defeat by Eintracht Frankfurt.
Photo credit should read DANIEL ROLAND/AFP via Getty Images

German giants Bayern Munich have fired head coach Niko Kovac following Saturday’s 1-5 defeat at Eintract Frankfurt.

It was a second defeat in ten league games this season and the Croatian leaves with Bayern fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

Kovac (48) had been in charge since July 2018 and led Bayern to the domestic double last season. He won 45 of his 65 games in charge of Bayern but Saturday’s defeat was the club’s heaviest in the Bundesliga in 10 years.

A statement from the club said the decision had come as a “result of a mutual discussion with Niko Kovac on Sunday.”

Former great, now Chief Executive Officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, said: “The performances of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action.

”We had an open and serious discussion with Niko this Sunday based on that and came to the mutual decision that Niko is no longer head coach of FC Bayern.

”We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for last season’s double win.”

Kovac was also quoted in the statement as saying he thought it “was the correct decision for the club at this time”.

Going on, he said, ”The results and the way we’ve played lately have led me to this decision.
“My brother Robert and I would like to thank FC Bayern for these past 18 months. During that time our team won the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the very best.”

Assistant coach Hansi Flick will take charge of Bayern in the Champions League against Olympiakos this Wednesday and the crucial Bundesliga fixture against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.