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Bayern Munich sack Kovac as manager

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Bayern Munich have sacked Niko Kovac as their manager. The Croatian, who led Die Roten to the German league and cup double last season, was dismissed on Sunday, after meeting CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, president Uli Hoeness and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic.

Kovac’s departure comes just over 24 hours, after Bayern were thrashed 5-1 by his former club, Eintracht Frankfurt.

In a club statement, Rummenigge explained: “The performance of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was need for action.

“Uli Hoeness, Hasan Salihamidžić and I have had an open and serious conversation with Niko on this basis on Sunday, with the consensual result that Niko is no longer coach of FC Bayern.

“We all regret this development. I would like to thank Niko Kovac on behalf of FC Bayern for his work, especially for winning the Doubles last season.”

Bayern currently sit fourth in the table, with 18 points, four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.

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