Uli Hoeness hits back at Frankfurt boss over Niko Kovac announcement

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Jupp Heynckes, who will be replaced by Niko Kovac at the end of the season, rested several first-team players and saw Josip Drmic put Gladbach ahead. Injured when Croatia finished third at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, the Berlin-born 46-year-old went to win the double of Bundesliga and DFB Cup with Bayern in 2003, and James has little doubt about the coach's ability to swell both of their trophy cabinets.

Bayern Munich coach Jupp Heynckes admitted he fears Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo, after his side were handed a Champions League semi-final against the holders in Friday's draw.

"It must be a day to celebrate for media and fans with so many highlights", said the 72-year-old coach of the 2018 German champion. Bobic confirmed that Kovac has an exit clause in his Frankfurt contract.

"I understand that Fredi is not happy when a coach leaves the club with which they have worked successfully for two years".

Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros (S$3.6 million). "Obviously the timing of this announcement is inconvenient".

His brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will join him from Frankfurt as his assistant.

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However, he was not their preferred option and only became a candidate after the Bundesliga champions failed to convince Heynckes to extend his current contract and in their attempts to court former Borussia Dortmund boss Tuchel.

Kovac arrived at Frankfurt in 2016 and has led them from the brink of relegation to a possible European spot for next season with them sat in sixth and five points off Bayern Leverkusen.

"We were obviously surprised especially in this phase (of the season) we are in which is extremely important for us", Bobic said. "Everyone respects the other", Frankfurt forward Kevin-Prince Boateng said earlier this season.

Bayern Munich have hit back in the war of words with Eintracht Frankfurt over the signing of coach Niko Kovac.

James was introduced at the start of the second half and played his part in Thiago's goal.

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