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Matthaus pleased with Kovac appointment at Bayern

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Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthäus is pleased that the club have chosen Niko Kovac to replace Jupp Heynckes at the end of the season

The former Croatia manager was recently named as Heynckes’ successor at the Allianz Arena for the start of next season after an impressive spell in charge of fellow Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

The news came as somewhat as a surprise to many with Thomas Tuchel having been the expected favourite for the post, but Matthaus is confident that Kovac will prove himself at Bayern.

“He [Kovac] has experience, he was a very good player and was the captain of the Croatia national team,” the 57 year-old told Omnisport (via SportsKeeda).

“Bayern was looking for a German-speaking coach who is in this position and Niko Kovac has done a very good job in the last two and a half years in Frankfurt.

“He built this team from close to the second league to a Champions League place in the Bundesliga.

“He has charisma, he has passion, he knows about football. He was a leader as a player and is showing this as a coach too.”