Frankfurt furious with Bayern's announcement of Kovac as coach


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. The 44-year-old Robert Kovac also previously played for the club.

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.

"There is no reason to doubt that I will be the coach of Frankfurt next season", he said. Both of us and Hasan [Salihamidzic] have tried for a very, very long time to persuade Jupp, ' Hoeness was quoted as saying in FourFourTwo after Bayern's 5-1 demolition of Borussia Monchengladbach.

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.

"It was a surprise for us in this phase", Bobic said. "Not of Eintracht Frankfurt".

"The timing is unfortunate, and the fact information has leaked to the public - certainly not from Frankfurt, but from Munich - is disrespectful, unprofessional".

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Bobic added: "They did their thing and thought of themselves".

Kovac arrived at Frankfurt in 2016 and has led them from the brink of relegation to a possible European spot for next season with them sat in sixth and five points off Bayern Leverkusen.

Frankfurt also has a German Cup semifinal match against Schalke next week.

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. He won over the players through tactical nous, commitment and by convincing them of the value of sacrifice for the team. Respect is hugely important in such a collective. I informed the team this morning.

Lewandowksi came off the bench to get on the scoresheet himself, his 27th Bundesliga goal of the season taken well in the closing stages as Bayern racked up a 15th league win from their last 17 outings.

How will Bayern line up with Kovac at the helm?