Bayern Munich have confirmed that manager Niko Kovac has left the club after just over a year in charge of the Bundesliga giants.
The reigning champions of Germany announced the news on Sunday evening, with the team having suffered a humbling 5-1 loss to Kovac’s former club Eintracht Frankfurt at the weekend.
The Croatian leaves the club fourth in the Bundesliga standings having notched five wins out of the opening ten matches of the season and sitting four points adrift of early pace setters Borussia Monchengladbach.
He was only appointed last summer, replacing Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena. Under Kovac, Bayern won the Bundesliga title, as well as a DFB Pokal and a Super Pokal. The 48-year-old also managed to accumulate a relatively respectable 69% win percentage whilst in charge of the club.
Despite the silverware, he never really seemed to fit at Bayern and has now been made to pay for a poor start to the season in which they have conceded 16 goals so far in the league – the worst defence in the top half of the league.
There are already a few names floating around concerning Kovac’s successor in Munich. Former Chelsea, Manchester United and Real Madrid boss Jose Mourinho is the early favourite having been installed at a price of 11/4 with Paddy Power to be named the club’s next permanent manager.