Uli Hoeness hits back at Frankfurt boss over Niko Kovac announcement

Uli Hoeness hits back at Frankfurt boss over Niko Kovac announcement

Uli Hoeness hits back at Frankfurt boss over Niko Kovac announcement

On the other side, Bayern can focus on its tie without much distraction, having wrapped up its sixth straight Bundesliga title last week.

Frankfurt now lie in 6th place in the Bundesliga, five points away from Champions League qualification, with four games to go. Liverpool's triumph in '84 was its fourth in eight seasons but it had been a decade since the Merseyside club reached this stage of the competition.

"Very annoying, unprofessional and lacking in respect", Bobic said of Kovac's switch being made public.

The Bayern president said the club announced Kovac's signing as soon as the coach agreed to join on a three-year contract.

Bayern have their eyes firmly on next week's German Cup semi-final against Leverkusen and the looming Champions League last-four clash with Real Madrid but their second-string team had no trouble against Gladbach.

Bundesliga champions Bayern revealed on Friday that Kovac will take charge at the end of the season, when the short-term reign of Jupp Heynckes comes to an end.

"He told us that he had already decided". "In this phase which is extremely important for Eintracht Frankfurt".

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It could be an emotional end to the season for Heynckes, who led Real to the 1998 Champions League title but was nonetheless fired at the end of that season, then came back to win the trophy in 2013 with Bayern.

However, according to reports in January, the Colombian would look to leave Bayern if Heynckes were not to extend his own deal and manage next season.

Earlier, Bobic labeled Bayern's announcement as "extremely questionable and disrespectful" and accused Hoeness of approaching Kovac at a birthday event.

In recent weeks, Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann's name has been thrown into the hat for the Bayern Munich job, especially following Thomas Tuchel turning the role down.

When asked about his successor, Heynckes said: "Niko Kovac is a good choice, he is doing a very good job at Eintracht Frankfurt".

"If possible, the dream is to do something else with my life by the time I turn 40 or 50, something that's away from the football pitch". Bayern's loss is Hoffenheim's gain, however, as the young coach can continue to build his team to climb the Bundesliga table.

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