Bundesliga: Some Bayern Munich players 'wanted Niko Kovac gone,' says club president Uli Hoeness

Kovac won the Bundesliga and cup double last season, but was sacked after 16 months and Hoeness confirmed to broadcasters ZDF late Saturday the Croatian coach had lost the backing of his dressing room

Agence France-Presse November 10, 2019 20:05:20 IST
Bundesliga: Some Bayern Munich players 'wanted Niko Kovac gone,' says club president Uli Hoeness
  • Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has revealed club bosses decided to part company with head coach Niko Kovac because some of their stars wanted him out

  • Interim coach Hansi Flick oversaw a 2-0 home win over Olympiakos in midweek, with Bayern qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with two games left, and Saturday's 4-0 league thrashing of Dortmund at the Allianz Arena

  • Both Hoeness and club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted after Saturday's game Flick would stay on past the 23 November deadline

Munich: Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness has revealed club bosses decided to part company with head coach Niko Kovac because some of their stars wanted him out.

Bundesliga Some Bayern Munich players wanted Niko Kovac gone says club president Uli Hoeness

File image of Niko Kovac. AFP

Kovac, 48, was dismissed by Bayern last Sunday in the wake of a 5-1 thrashing at Eintracht Frankfurt.

Interim coach Hansi Flick oversaw a 2-0 home win over Olympiakos in midweek, with Bayern qualifying for the last 16 of the Champions League with two games left, and Saturday's 4-0 league thrashing of Dortmund at the Allianz Arena.

Kovac won the Bundesliga and cup double last season, but was sacked after 16 months and Hoeness confirmed to broadcasters ZDF late Saturday the Croatian coach had lost the backing of his dressing room.

"There were certainly elements within the team that wanted the coach gone. That's why the club leaders reacted accordingly," revealed Hoeness without naming who, although forward Thomas Mueller had said he was unhappy to be repeatedly benched by Kovac.

Hoeness said Kovac himself admitted it was "the right decision" to part company.

In an interview with Sky earlier, Hoeness said he remains in contact with Kovac, "as far as I am concerned, the coaches almost always leave as friends. He's not happy, of course, but I think he's also relieved."

Hoeness, who will step down after a decade as Bayern president on Friday at the club's annual general meeting, said "absolutely no decision has been made" as to who will replace Kovac.

Both Hoeness and club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge hinted after Saturday's game Flick would stay on past the 23 November deadline - Bayern's next league game - which Hoeness had set as a date to announce a new head coach.

Both Ajax coach Erik ten Hag, who coached Bayern's reserves from 2013-15, and Paris Saint Germain's German coach Thomas Tuchel have said they will not leave their respective clubs this season.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has also criticised Bayern's lack of discretion for putting out a statement saying they turned him down.

The 70-year-old Frenchman insists he spoke to Rummenigge by phone and only expressed interest in the job in a brief conversation when the pair agreed to speak again next week.

"I think we both misunderstood and I am sorry for that," Rummenigge told reporters, adding he will phone Wenger in the coming days to "clear this thing up".

With two wins under Flick, Bayern have time during the upcoming international window, "which we need to get a clear idea what we want", said Hoeness, adding the goal must be a "long-term solution".

"Until such a solution comes, I am of the opinion that Hansi Flick is not a bad solution."

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