erman champions Bayern Munich have named their former player Niko Kovac as their head coach from next season.
Kovac will succeed Juup Heynckes, who led Bayern to Champions League success in 2013 before announcing his retirement. Heynckes was brought back in mid this season to replace the sacked Carlo Ancelotti.
“Niko Kovač will be the new FC Bayern München head coach from the start of the 2018/19 season,” Bayern announced on their official website on Friday.
“The German record champions and the 46-year-old have agreed a three-year contract from 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. His brother Robert Kovač (44) will join Niko Kovač, who is currently Eintracht Frankfurt head coach, as assistant.”
“We’re very delighted we’ve secured the services of Niko Kovač as new FC Bayern head coach,” said sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić. “Niko played for Bayern, he knows the people in charge and the club’s structures and DNA. We’re convinced he’s the right coach for the future of FC Bayern.”
Former Croatia international and Croatia head coach Kovac played 34 Bundesliga matches for Bayern from 2001 to 2003, scoring three goals. He and his brother Robert won the Intercontinental Cup in 2001 and the German championship in 2002 with FC Bayern.