Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac set to join Bayern Munich

Sport360 staff 14:20 13/04/2018
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Eintracht Frankfurt delayed their pre-match press conference on Friday as reports claimed manager Niko Kovac has agreed to join Bayern Munich.

Kovac was due to face German media at 1pm local time (12pm BST), ahead of Saturday’s game against Bayer Leverkusen, but that was pushed back by two hours.

Frankfurt announced on Twitter: “This will allow the sporting director Fredi Bobic, together with Niko Kovac, to be able to speak and answer media representatives.”

Weekly magazine Sport Bild and its sister daily publication Bild reported that Bayern have chosen Kovac to be their new boss.

The reports said Kovac would be presented by Bayern before the end of April. The German football website Kicker said a fee of 2.2 million euros (£1.9million) would buy Kovac out of his contract, under a clause in the deal.

Bayern have been led by Jupp Heynckes since October, following the early season exit of Carlo Ancelotti, who was sacked in September. They clinched the Bundesliga title last Saturday with a 4-1 win against Augsburg and have reached the Champions League semi-finals.

Frankfurt sit fifth in the Bundesliga table and 46-year-old Kovac has been in charge of the first team since March 2016.

Croatian Kovac was born in Germany and spent almost his entire playing career in the German top flight, including a two-season spell with Bayern that ran from 2001 to 2003.

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