Bayern maul Monchengladbach 5-1

Niko Kovac has led Eintracht Frankfurt to a surprise push for Champions League qualification (AFP

Niko Kovac has led Eintracht Frankfurt to a surprise push for Champions League qualification

Bayern, who announced on Friday that their former midfielder and current Eintracht Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac will become their new manager in the summer, have walked to another league title and were good value for this 5-1 win.

His brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will join him from Frankfurt as his assistant. "We acted very professionally because we took advantage of a loophole in Niko Kovac's contract - which he had inserted himself".

Bobic blasted Bayern on Friday for the timing of its announcement that Frankfurt coach Kovac would be switching to Bayern next season, and for not getting in touch beforehand.

Kicker magazine reported that Bayern would pay a fee of 2.2 million euros ($2.7 million) to trigger a release clause in Kovac's existing contract with Frankfurt.

Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros (S$3.6 million).

Frankfurt sports director Fredi Bobic said the club had been surprised by the quick decision. But his role at the club could take a positive turn under Kovac next season.

However. Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed the following day that an agreement has been made.

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"We view Fredi Bobic's statement as rather outrageous", Hoeness said. "In this phase which is extremely important for Eintracht Frankfurt".

Kovac is a reactive coach who has started with no fewer than seven different formations in his 30 Bundesliga games this term - something that should appeal to Bayern given the sheer breadth and depth of abilities in their squad; but the Berlin-born former Croatia global still has certain predilections.

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.

It his highly expected Unai Emery will stand down or be sacked at the end of the season following another disappointing Champions League campaign, and Tuchel had been heavily tipped for the job.

"The coach keeps the team together brilliantly".

The holders have been drawn against the newly crowned Bundesliga champions in a repeat of the last-four tie from five years ago, which Bayern won on penalties. I informed the team this morning.

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