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Bayern Munich to appoint Niko Kavac as next coach – report


Eintracht Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac will be the next coach of Bayern Munich, according to a report by German newspaper Bild.

Kovac, 46, has long been considered a leading contender to replace interim coach Jupp Heynckes, who plans the retire at the end of the season.

The former Bayern defender said last week he was happy at Eintracht, where he is under contract for another seaosn, but he left the door open for a possible change.

“There is no reason to doubt whether I’ll be coach here next year,” he said, but added: “So much happens in soccer. I don’t know what will happen to morrow. As things stand now, I am coach until 2019.”

He took over Eintracht Frankfurt in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation playoff that season before finishing 11th last year.

They are currently in fifth place, just two points behind Bayer Leverkusen for the final Champions League qualification spot with five games remaining.

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