Bayern Munich confirm new coach to succeed Heynckes

German Bundesliga By: Ikponmwosa Umweni | 13/04/2018

Bayern Munich have confirmed new manager Niko Kovac to succeed Jupp Heynckes as the club's coach next season on a three-year deal.

The 46-year-old former Croatia midfielder will succeed Heynckes, who was appointed to replace Carlo Ancelotti on an interim basis in September.

Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed that the new coach would join on a three-year contract that begins on July 1.

"We are very happy that we could secure Niko Kovac's services," he said.

"Niko was a Bayern player and knows the people in charge, the structures and the DNA of the club very well. We are convinced that he is the right coach for Bayern's future."

The decision in favour of Kovac marks a turn for success-driven Bayern, who had previously opted for big-name coaches including Champions League winners Heynckes, Louis van Gaal and Pep Guardiola.

Kovac has a long playing career in the Bundesliga, was at Bayern between 2001-03. Kovac, who won 83 caps for Croatia but was born in Berlin, has been in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt since 2016.