|Org||Croatia National Team|
|Club as Player||Bayern Munich|
|Bayern Munich 2019||Out-going Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness said interim coach Hansi Flick could be named permanent boss and revealed Niko Kovac was fired because some of their stars wanted him out. Kovac was dismissed by Bayern in the wake of an embarrassing 5-1 thrashing at Eintracht Frankfurt, their worst Bundesliga defeat in 10 years|
|Hansi Flick||Hansi Flick is assistant coach when Germany won the 2014 World Cup|
2016 05 16 Retrieve
[To all intents and purposes, Frankfurt were the architects of their own misfortune. Too focused on the single point which would have kept them up. Too cautious and pedestrian] We were too defensive. Then again, little was working for us when we tried to get forward. We had no good possession and gave the ball away a lot. They key, for me, was that Werder won all the second balls
2018 01 29 Retrieve
[Frankfurt manager Niko Kovac on Timothy Chandler] Timmy is doing well, there is no need to switch at the moment, and the guys in the back must and will recommend themselves
2019 04 03 Retrieve
[Niko Kovac on Renato Sanches] It’s not easy for young players from abroad, you have to take that into consideration. He certainly hasn’t forgotten how to play football. He’s not a difficult lad, but he needs affection and support from all sides. Footballers need recognition and to be given confidence just like the rest of us
2019 04 12 Retrieve
[Bayern Munich boss Kovac confirms Coman-Lewandowski training ground fight] There was a fight between two players who were named in the media. The three of us discussed it after training, and both apologised for their behaviour and were sorry for what happened. No one is being fined because both players were understanding, and being understanding is very important now. The matter is done and dusted. No further questions will be answered. Now it’s all about the upcoming game [against Fortuna Dusseldorf on Sunday]
2019 04 04 Retrieve
[Coach Niko Kovac was also frustrated with the defending on show from Bayern despite his side showing character to fight back with 10 men] I’m very upset, because we have many international players, many players who have achieved so much, who play on a very high level in international competitions. And yet, they didn’t manage to control the game to the end like they should. The way it is in Bundesliga and all other leagues, too.
I’m satisfied with the morale the team has shown, with one player down, to come back and go up 4-2, and win it 5-4 in the end. That shows we have a lot of quality. But one thing is for sure and I said it time and again, including at half-time, before the game, during the game, we have to be more compact. Being compact is the very basis for being able to play forward.
But when you concede four goals, I can’t remember someone winning 5-4 in recent history, somebody should check the history books. So, I’m saying, you cannot concede four goals, with all due respect to Heidenheim, that can’t happen.
No matter if it’s the second league, third league, fifth league or first league. That can’t happen. That’s what upsets me, but we won’t play two games like this one within a week. You can be sure of that.
2019 05 11 Retrieve
[Kovac backs Bayern to claim title against his former club] I have always said that I am a friend of VAR. As it turned out, it was probably a very slight offside. For me, the only question in these situations is: when is the stop button pressed? If I do it too late, then it can be offside and if I press too early, then it is not offside.
I think you have to hit this point to one hundredth of a second exactly and I don’t know if that’s possible. But it was offside, and I don’t want to discuss that at all
We have the chance to become champions next week with a point or a victory. Life writes the best stories. I can play against my old club and can try to win the championship. Although, I know Frankfurt have goals in them and they also want to enter European competition, not only in the Europa League but also in the Champions League. It won’t be easy
2019 05 16 Retrieve
[Bayern boss Kovac not interested in sack speculation] These are side issues that I’m not interested in. We now have two tasks to focus on, we could become champions, our full focus is not on what’s being told, I’m not interested. I have a contract that will run for another two years and I want to fulfil that, we have developed well and we only lost twice after the Dusseldorf game
[Kovac was unwilling to divulge whether he would play the long-serving trio, while James Rodriguez and captain Manuel Neuer are ruled out due to injury. We do not have to say too much about the three of them, they did a lot for the club] I will not tell you who’s playing, we want to get the fans excited, it’s a final, I’m pretty sure our team will feel the extra motivation. We hope the spark will jump us over the line.
Javi Martinez will train again tomorrow. [Joshua] Kimmich had a reduced workload today, but everything is fine. Thiago Alcantara is doing well too and already took part in some of yesterday’s session.
Manuel Neuer made good progress. He’s on the road to recovery, but he won’t play on the weekend. James Rodriguez is also still out.
2019 05 25 Retrieve
[Kovac has become the first coach to win back-to-back DFB-Pokal titles, following Eintracht Frankfurt’s win over Bayern in the 2017-18 final] I’m obviously very happy. Leipzig made it very difficult for us and didn’t give us much space. But as time went on we found it easier. I would like to congratulate Manuel Neuer, especially, for his sensational performance
2019 08 13 Retrieve
[Niko Kovac revealed Ivan Perisic is poised to join Bayern Munich after undergoing a medical with the Bundesliga champions] He [Ivan Perisic] was at the medical check today. And if all this goes well and the last papers are sent back and forth [with Inter], then he will become one of our players.
[Bayern were hoping to sign Germany international Leroy Sane before the Manchester City star suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury] Regardless of our transfers, there are other clubs that buy players. And I don’t like the way these [players] are handled to some extent when you put them in the second or third category. We should respect each of them. That’s what we stand for and that’s what I stand for. And that’s what I expect from everyone else. Because it’s always easy to criticise someone. First you don’t get this player, then you don’t get the other, and then you have an X, Y or Z solution. I don’t think that’s nice. That’s my personal opinion. Maybe some people share this opinion with me
[Kovac was speaking after defending champions Bayern beat fourth-tier side Energie thanks to goals from Robert Lewandowski, Kingsley Coman and Leon Goretzka] My team did a good job. We could have retained possession a bit more in the second half but taken altogether I’m satisfied. Energie gave it everything, it was a great spectacle. We dominated possession. strangled our opponents but had to watch out for counters again and again. The final pass in the last third must be more precise. We could have done better
2019 08 16 Retrieve
[Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches has expressed his frustration with his lack of playing time in his side’s season-opening 2-2 draw against Hertha on Friday] I can not say anything about that, I did not speak
2019 09 01 Retrieve
[Kovac laments lethargic Bayern despite Mainz mauling] We were too lethargic until the first cooling break. We didn’t find a reply to Mainz’s aggression, we thought it would be easy. Then our passing was quicker, we lured our opponents into the centre and had good moves on the wings. David Alaba’s goal before the break was crucial. It was over when we scored our fourth goal. We go into the two-week international break happy
2019 09 30 Retrieve
[Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has hailed Harry Kane as an equal to Robert Lewandowski ahead of his side’s Champions League trip to Tottenham] His quality in the Premier League and for England squad speaks for itself. He’s sensational and he can do it all. He’s good at holding up and good with his head. There’s nothing he cannot do. He’s a very strong striker. Him and Lewandowski are probably in the top two, three or four in the world. I will see how things pan out tomorrow. I will give my team some information on Kane
[Despite an indifferent start to the season from Mauricio Pochettino’s side, Kovac believes Tottenham’s development in recent seasons sets a perfect example for other clubs] It is going to be a tough game in a top stadium. The atmosphere will be amazing. I think it was three years ago when I was here in February, when I watched them in the old stadium against Swansea City. You can see what it means when you have good leadership and manager. In my option, Tottenham is a very positive light in European football. They are now able to compete with the big teams, even though it didn’t look like that six or seven years ago. [Pochettinno] has done a great job and this is an example for others that patience is important. All the players are world class and we know [the challenge] we will face
2019 10 24 Retrieve
[The mercurial midfielder Coutinho was unable to affect the Champions League clash in any meaningful way, but Kovac defended his performance] At the moment he lacks a little bit of luck. He always has good actions. I am very satisfied with his performance as well as with the performance of the others
2019 10 27 Retrieve
[Bayern had drawn and lost their previous two league matches before Pavard and Lewandowski saw off visiting Union] Now we have the place we want. We are now first in the Bundesliga. Robert Lewandowski has set a Bundesliga record. That’s nice. I’m glad that we all got out of the game healthy today. Because you know what I mean [because of the many injured].
I know we can still do better. If you look at the games from the last few weeks, it’s always close games where we only are one goal in front at the end. It’s not so easy to get out of the game in a relaxed way. We can still improve, we have to improve. We have to do the little things better. We shouldn’t have to make so many mistakes in the construction and acceptance of the ball. We have to make better decisions at the end of the goal and at the lead with the ball. We can do that even better. That’s why I’m happy, but not absolutely happy
2019 11 03 Retrieve
[Bayern sack manager Kovac after Frankfurt humiliation] I think this is the right decision for the club at the moment. The results, and also the way we last played, made me come to that decision. My brother Robert and I thank Bayern for the last one-and-a-half years. During this time, our team has won the championship, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I wish the club and the team all the best
2019 11 04 Retrieve
[Niko and Robert Kovac’s farewell message to FC Bayern Munich’s staff] Dear associates of FC Bayern
You have certainly already heard the news: our time as coach/assistant coach of our club is at an end. Since it is difficult to say goodbye personally to over 1000 colleagues, and we would like to give the team the necessary peace and concentration before the two important games against Olympiacos Piraeus and Borussia Dortmund, we have chosen this way by email
We say ‘Dankeschön’ from the bottom of our heart. You all have welcomed me and my brother warmly at Säbener Straße, were always there for us, and constantly supported us during this time, wherever we needed help
We thank you all for many personal encounters and conversations. Winning the championship, the DFB-Pokal, and the Supercup together will remain a pleasant memory for all of us
To all of you personally, to the club, and to our team, we wish all the very, very best!
We naturally will continue to follow FC Bayern as fans!
All the best, and cordial greetings
Niko and Robert Kovac
2019 11 07 Retrieve
[Niko Kovac left his role as Bayern Munich coach on good enough terms with the players that any of them would be able to meet up with him for a coffee] My brother Robert Kovac and I would like to thank FC Bayern for these past 18 months. During that time our team won the Bundesliga, the DFB Cup and the Supercup. It was a good time. I with the club and the team all the very best