FC Bayern dismisses coach Kovac: Interim coach Flick should fix it

              Monday, 04. November 2019

              Once he himself wore the FC Bayern jersey. Last summer he then expanded the staff of former coach Niko Kovac. Now Hansi Flick is in demand as a new interim coach: After the bitter swatter against Frankfurt he is to guide the Munich successfully through a challenging week.
              Now the football stars on the pitch are in demand at FC Bayern München – and Hansi Flick. As an interim coach, Joachim Löw's longtime assistant will successfully lead the staggering German record champion through a very challenging week following the abrupt end of Niko Kovac's tenure. On Wednesday (18.55 clock), the 54-year-old can lead the Munich with a home win against Olympiakos Piraeus in the Champions League prematurely in the second round. Three days later, it comes again in the domestic Allianz Arena to the Bundesliga summit against Borussia Dortmund. A clear message to the players came from the sports director. "I expect from our players a positive development and absolute motivation," said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. The alibi Kovac is gone anyway. The 48-year-old Croat made in crisis talks with the club leadership after the low point at 1: 5 in Frankfurt room for a now to be found successor. "By mutual agreement" President Uli Hoeness, CEO Karl -Heinz Rummenigge and sports director Salihamidzic had agreed with the double coach last season on a separation, said the record champions. "Kovac had offered to FC Bayern Munich his resignation as coach," it said on Sunday evening in Vereinsmitteilung.Flick is "for the time being" emergency workers "The results and also the way we last played, have me to this Decision, "Kovac was quoted as saying. Immediately after the sporty dismantling by Eintracht on Saturday he had announced the opposite: "I have not given up last year and will not give up now." From the point of view of the club management, however, there was a need for action, as Rummenigge emphasized. And that persists. The players must – after a training-free Monday – against Piraeus and the BVB again show the Bayern claims sufficient face on the court. And the leadership around Rummenigge and outgoing after the game of Dortmund Hoeness must once again find a new head coach. The first names were publicly traded before the sealed end of Kovac; from Ralf Rangnick to the non-party and internationally renowned José Mourinho and Massimiliano Allegri to possible candidates with a Bayern past such as Erik ten Hag (successful at Ajax Amsterdam) and Xabi Alonso, who played in Munich from 2014 to 2017 and since the beginning of the season second team of Real Sociedad San Sebastian trained. At first, however, the hour beats by Hansi Flick. He wore the Bayern jersey from 1985 to 1990 and expanded the coaching staff of Kovac in the summer. This made Flick now automatically the man for all cases. As a close associate and confidant of coach Loewe he had a significant stake in the German World Cup triumph 2014 in Brazil. Now the man who never pushes to the fore acts as "Munich's emergency helper" "until further notice". The emergency aid program is expressly only once for the "important games" against Piraeus and Dortmund, as the FC Bayern announced. But depending on how Flick will shape his premiere in the Champions League and Bundesliga and how the Munich bosses want to regulate the Kovac succession, the interim solution could also go into an extension.

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