4/13/2018 9:09:05 PM (GMT+3)

Kovac is innovative and lives for football, says Heynckes

Kovac is innovative and lives for football, says Heynckes

MUNICH, Germany: Outgoing Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes heaped praises on Niko Kovac, who was named to succeed him at the end of season.

Bayern ended speculations on their next coach after the club announced Kovac, who is currently coaching Eintracht Frankfurt.

“He is hard-working, innovative, eloquent, and lives for football. He is a good man manager too. I believe Bayern have made a great decision bringing him in,” said Heynckes.

Kovac will take charge exactly 50 years after the last Croatian coach Branko Zebec won the first Bundesliga title in 1969.

“I've read his biography and it's very positive. He is working with many different types of player with varying nationalities in Frankfurt. He's doing a wonderful job. He is no doubt predestined to coach Bayern,” added Heynckes.

The 46-year-old will start a three-year contract from July 1, the club announced just minutes before Friday's Champions League semifinal draw.

Kovac will also bring his 44-year-old brother Robert from Frankfurt as his assistant.

Born in Berlin to Croatian parents, both brothers played for the Croatian national team as well as Bayern.

“Niko was a player at Bayern. We are convinced that he is the right coach for the club’s future,” said Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.