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Bayern Munich president baffled by uncertainty over Niko Kovac’s future

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President Uli Hoeness can’t understand why Niko Kovac’s future at Bayern Munich continues to be questioned in light of the “great success” he’s been.

After winning last season’s Bundesliga by 21 points from their nearest challengers Schalke 04, Kovac replaced the retiring Jupp Heynckes as manager at the Allianz Arena.

Under the Croatian, however, Bayern endured a challenging start that had left them down in fifth-place in the Bundesliga in November. This led to speculation linking former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger to Kovac’s job.

But Hoeness stood by Kovac, who has since taken Bayern back to the top of the Bundesliga and on the brink of a seventh consecutive league title.

Furthermore, the Bavarians could go one better this season if they defeat RB Leipzig in the DFB-Pokal Cup final next month to claim a domestic double.

“When a coach comes in and reaches the final of the DFB Cup in his first season and you’re top of the table with four games to go, then he’s done a good job,” said Hoeness, according to Spox.

“We’ve got nothing to complain about.”

Kovac has overseen 16 wins in Bayern’s last 18 Bundesliga matches. Now, the 47-year-old will be hoping to wrap up his first league crown as a coach.

Currently, Bayern hold a slender one-point lead over Borussia Dortmund ahead of the final four matches of the season.

Hoeness added: “I have no idea why people are even questioning Kovac – he’s been a great success this season.

“We’re top of the table, we’re a point better off than Dortmund and have a substantially better goal difference.

“We, of course, know any slip-ups could prove decisive. We only have to draw and then we could be behind again, but it’s in our hands. We just need to keep going as we have been. I’m really proud of the team.”

Bayern will take a trip to Nuremberg on Sunday evening for their next league match.

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