Frankfurt furious with Bayern's announcement of Kovac as coach

BREAKING NEWS Bayern confirm Kovac as new coach

BREAKING NEWS Bayern confirm Kovac as new coach

Reports suggesting the Frankfurt manager had been chosen as Jupp Heynckes' successor began to circulate on Thursday, prompting Bobic to criticise the "unprofessional" nature of Bayern's conduct.

Kovac, who was born in West Berlin to parents of Croatian descent, has been praised for fusing together a team of many nationalities, and for its high-pressing attractive style of play.

Here are three winners and three losers.

Heynckes, who guided Bayern to a record sixth consecutive Bundesliga Meisterschale with victory over Augsburg last Saturday, will be a tough act to follow.

The early appointment could also prove to be a good omen for Heynckes.

The announcement has left Bobic furious, especially with regard to its timing. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will meet in the Champions League semi-final and Colombia global James Rodríguez is on loan at Bayern from the LaLiga side.

"I received a call (from Bayern) yesterday and a contract offer", Kovac told reporters. But his role at the club could take a positive turn under Kovac next season.

"The procedure, I think, is extremely questionable, as I said before".

With doubts also surrounding the future of Robert Lewandowski, next season could be the time for Wagner to lead the line.

"When we realised in a final, final conversation that he was not doing it, we were talking to the coach, who was free, Thomas Tuchel".

Hoeness refuted Bobic's suggestion that Bayern gave news of Kovac's move to the media, and said such claims were "indecent if you don't know the situation". "One has to accept that, but it's not a problem for us".

Kovac was appointed at Eintracht in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation play-off that season before guiding them to a respectable 11th-place finish in 2017.

Lewandowksi came off the bench to get on the scoresheet himself, his 27th Bundesliga goal of the season taken well in the closing stages as Bayern racked up a 15th league win from their last 17 outings.

Former Croatia captain and boss Kovac played for Bayern from 2001 to 2003.

Brought in at the start of the season on loan from Real Madrid, James Rodriguez has looked at home at Bayern Munich, scoring six goals and assisting 12 in 31 appearances across all competitions so far.

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