Bayern Munich coach manager Niko Kovac has reacted after he was shown the way out of the club he managed for just 18 months.
Responding to reporters’ comments who questioned him on his future, he said,
“How should I know just after the game?” “My feeling is not important. Those who make the decisions are the ones that you should ask.”
Niko was sacked after Bayern lost 5-1 to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday and it proved to be an embarrassment too far for the club’s board.
According to a statement released on Sunday, Bayern said the decision was by mutual agreement, with Kovac adding: “I think this is the right decision for the club at the moment. The results, and also the way we last played, made me come to that decision.”
Another setback to the abysmal result was Bayern’s position as fourth place having won just five of its first 10 league matches.
The seven-time defending champions have three draws and now a second defeat four points adrift of Borussia Monchengladbach, which last won the Bundesliga in 1977.
Kovac will no doubt be disappointed that his tenure has ended on such a sour note, even though the separation between coach and club appeared amicable.
Considering achievements, last season, the 48-year-old Croatian became the first person to win the German league and cup double with Bayern as both a player and a coach.
But success on the home front is not enough for the club, known as FC Hollywood because of its deep pockets and ability to attract star talent. Kovac will know that his mandate is different to most managers in Europe.
In reaction to the issue, the CEO of Bayern Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said in a statenment that, “The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown that there was a need for action,”.
“I had an open and serious conversation with Niko on this basis on Sunday, with the consensual result that Niko is no longer coach of Bayern.”
“We all regret this development,” Rummenigge added. “I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, especially for winning the double last season.”
After Kovac had stressed his desire to turn things around, also pointing out that he was powerless to steer the ship on his own, he least expected the defeat. The embattled manager’s contract was set to run until 2021.