Bayern Munich sack coach Niko Kovac

SEDAN: Bayern Munich on Sunday he fired coach Niko Kovac , one day after the German champions suffered a historic 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt, which crowned a bad run in recent weeks.

" FC Bayern Munich have relieved head coach Niko Kovac of his duties, the club said in a statement.

The mutual decision was made after talks with the club president, Uli Hoeness, president Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, sports director Hasan Salihamidzic and Kovac himself.

The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that action was necessary, Rummenigge said.

Assistant coach Hansi Flick will take over the team until further notice, the statement said.

The former 48-year-old Croatian international said it was the right move for the team that ranks fourth in the table.

I think this is the right decision for the club at the moment, Kovac said.

I would like to thank FC Bayern for these last 18 months. During that time our team won the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the Super Cup. It was a good moment. I wish the club and the team the best.

Bayern will play a Champions League match against Olympiakos on Wednesday before facing Borussia Dortmund in the top German category on Saturday.

We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, particularly for last season's double win.

Saturday's blow by Eintracht was the club's worst defeat in 10 years, doubting Kovac's future.

After defeating the Bavarians in the final of the German Cup in their last match run by Eintracht in 2018, Kovac won the Bundesliga and the German Cup in his first year in charge.

Just a month ago, Kovac's short-term future at Bayern seemed secure after he planned a 7-2 victory over the finalists of the Tottenham Champions League in London.

The former head of Juventus, Massimiliano Allegri, José Mourinho and Arsene Wenger, are among the coaches named by the bookmakers as possible replacements for Kovac, and the latter speaks fluent German and has previously expressed his desire to train the German champions