President Uli Hoeness is adamant that Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac will not be sacked following their defeat at Borussia Dortmund. The reigning Bundesliga champions have endured a difficult start to the season under Kovac’s leadership after he replaced Jupp Heynckes in the summer.
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And Saturday night’s 3-2 reverse in the Klassiker at Signal Iduna Park was their third defeat of the campaign and leaves Bayern seven points behind Lucien Favre’s Dortmund side at the top of the table.
There had already been talk that Kovac’s job was under threat before this latest setback, but Hoeness spoke out afterwards to insist sacking him is “out of the question”.
He added: “Our team is in very good condition. The team does not play for the coach, but for Bayern Munich and they do it well. “I am less depressed today than I was after the defeat against Gladbach [last month].”
Hoeness also confirmed that there would be no funds to bolster the squad in the January transfer window.
He added: “The second phase of change comes only in the summer. Since some have hardly played yet, they are practically newcomers, we have 15 or 16 internationals and a strong team.”