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15 April 2018, 10:18 | Charlene Valdez
Niko Kovac has been appointed the new Bayern Munich boss according to reports in Germany
Frankfurt's plans for next season were thrown into chaos on Friday when Bundesliga champions Bayern confirmed Kovac, 46, will join them to replace Jupp Heynckes as coach in 2018/19.
Hoeness responded after Bayern's 5-1 rout of Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday, telling Sky TV, "We deliberately didn't say anything about it yesterday because we found the comments of Fredi Bobic to be quite outrageous".
They've managed to win their 28 and 6 in a row Bundesliga title with five games in hand, allowing the club to focus on the Champions League.
But, there is the risk that their final weeks of the season could see a downturn in form as Kovac's mind begins to shift towards Bayern - who Frankfurt could go up against in the DFB-Pokal final should they win their respective semi-finals. After an 11th place finish last term, Frankfurt are all but assured of a European spot this; and it is this period of his coaching career that is perhaps most instructive as to how Kovac's Bayern might line up.
The former Chelsea and Real Madrid boss was heavily criticized by the fans, critics and even the Bayern Munich president before eventually being fired by the club.
When asked about his successor, Heynckes said: "Niko Kovac is a good choice, he is doing a very good job at Eintracht Frankfurt".
Bayern had appointed Kovac as he is familiar with the Bavarian side, having played for them before.
The elder Kovac was also coach of the Croatian team with his brother as assistant manager. But his role at the club could take a positive turn under Kovac next season.
Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic blasted Bayern for not getting in touch beforehand, and for the timing of its announcement.
'He told us that he had already decided.
"It was a surprise for us in this phase", Bobic said.
Bayern was initially in talks with former Borussia Dortmund coach Thomas Tuchel, but he informed the club that he had agreed to take over another team while it was still trying to convince Heynckes to stay. Champions League qualification is possible this season after another stellar campaign.
Kovac will need to adjust to instructing established stars at Bayern, rather than young players of promise still eager to learn, and he will be expected to maintain the club's high standards.
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