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Bayern Munich to appoint Niko Kovac as manager to replace Jupp Heynckes

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Bayern Munich have decided their new manager to replace Jupp Heynckes
Bayern Munich want Niko Kovac as their new manager. (Getty Images)

Bayern Munich will appoint Niko Kovac as their new manager to replace Jupp Heynckes, according to reports in Germany.

The 72-year-old returned to Bayern in October after Carlo Ancelotti was sacked for a poor start to the campaign.

Heynckes agreed to stay until the end of the season, while Bayern have been considering replacements for his long-term replacement.

Thomas Tuchel was the strong favourite and was even endorsed by Heynckes earlier this year, but the former Borussia Dortmund boss reportedly rejected Bayerns offer and is now set to take over at Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

According to Bild, Bayerns hierarchy have now decided to appoint Eintracht Frankfurt manager Kovac at the end of the season.

Bayern Munich have decided their new manager to replace Jupp Heynckes
Jupp Heynckes will leave Bayern at the end of the season. (Getty Images)

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After guiding Frankfurt to an 11th-placed finish last season, Kovac now has his team making a surprise push for a Champions League place this term.

Kovac, who was born in Berlin but was capped 83 times by Croatia, also managed Croatias national team at the 2014 World Cup but failed to get them out of Group A which included Brazil, Mexico and Cameroon.

Heynckes, meanwhile, has already guided Bayern to their sixth consecutive Bundesliga title and remains in with a chance of ending his reign by winning the treble as his team have reached the semi-finals of the Champions League and the DFB-Pokal.

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