Bayern Munich fires Niko Kovac as manager

German champions, Bayern Munich have proclaimed the sacking of Niko Kovac as manager after Saturday’s embarrassing 5-1 defeat to Eintracht Frankfort, the previous club he managed.

“The performance of our team in recent weeks and also the results have shown us that we need to take action. Bayern club president, Uli Hoeness, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic and that I had an open and speech with Niko on this basis on Sunday with the accordant result that Niko isn’t any longer coach of FC Bayern,” Bayern business executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said during a club statement.

“We all regret this development. I’d prefer to convey Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for winning the doubles this past season,” another Rummenigge.

The embarrassing and surprising defeat was Bayern’s second of the season.

Assistant coach Hans Flick can take control of Bayern’s Champions League clash with Olympiakos on Wed and for next Saturday’s key clash with Borussia Dortmund.

The Croatian soccer manager who was appointed in 2018 to take over at Bayern after a spell guilty of Eintracht Frankfort, said it had been the “right decision”.

“Right now, our team has won the championship, the DFB Cup and also the Supercup. It had been an honest time. I wish the club and also the team all the best.”