German Bundesliga Report: Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach 14 April 2018

German Bundesliga Report: Bayern Munich v Borussia Monchengladbach 14 April 2018

Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness hit back at criticism from Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Fredi Bobic over the signing of Niko Kovac as coach by labeling his comments "quite outrageous".

A former Bayern defender, Kovac has always been considered a leading contender to replace interim coach Jupp Heynckes, who plans to retire at the end of the season.

Both Frankfurt and Bayern had last week denied that Kovac was on his way to Munich.

The 25-year-old forward charged through in the 71st minute to put Leverkusen 2-1 in front after Julian Brandt had fired the hosts ahead in the 20th only for Marco Fabian to draw Frankfurt level three minutes later. "Niko and I talk about everything but I've received no information". The German has gone on to lead Bayern to a sixth successive Bundesliga title, while he has the chance to win the treble (again) with upcoming semi-finals against Bayer Leverkusen (German Cup) and Real Madrid (Champions League).

Kovac fulfils many of Bayern's strict criteria - but not all.

Kovac was born and grew up in the working class Berlin suburb of Wedding, the son of a carpenter and a cleaner. "But different cultures mean different influences and different ways of thinking". But Heynckes' long-term assistant and former Fortuna Düsseldorf manager Peter Hermann will remain to support Kovac, who will also be accompanied by his younger brother Robert and Armin Reutershahn, his two Eintracht assistants.

"Often, we try to treat everybody just the same but that's fundamentally wrong", he continued.

Rummenigge also said that Bayern would seek a German-speaking coach, and planned to make an appointment before the end of April. "We can all learn from each other".

Bobic said Bayern's announcement about Kovac was a surprise, and the timing was detrimental to his current club at the decisive stage of the season.

The rest of the Bundesliga must be ready to pounce should it not go completely to plan.

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