Uli Hoeness admitted that Niko Kovac wasn’t the first choice as the future coach of his club – but after Jupp Heynckes decided to end his career for good and Thomas Tuchel declined the offer, he became the top candidate.
At first, the club tried to persuade the current coach to prolong his career a bit and stay at the club for a longer period of time – after that, Thomas Tuchel became the main target but he had been already decided for another club.
The Bayern Munich boss spoke about the choice of the new coach as he said, according to Daily Mail:
“It was portrayed as having a desperate search. Both of us and Hasan [Salihamidzic] have tried for a very, very long time to persuade Jupp.”
“When we realised in a final, final conversation that he was not doing it, we were talking to the coach, who was free, Thomas Tuchel.”
“He told us that he had already decided. That was a shame, but not a shock to us. He also had no contract offer, but it was the offer of a mutual conversation with us both, with Hasan he had met before.”
“Then a few days later we met again internally and decided that our preferred candidate is now Niko Kovac. And that’s how it happened.”