Niko Kovac is “convinced” his Bayern Munich future is secure after winning the Bundesliga title on Saturday afternoon.
Spox and Goal had both claimed on Friday that Bayern would dismiss Kovac in the summer regardless of whatever he may win towards the end of the season. Although the club’s CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge quickly rubbished these claims.
The Bavarians appointed Kovac to replace the legendary Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena last year.
But the Croatian coach has faced widespread speculation over his future ever since Bayern’s slump in form during the first half of the season.
An incredible run of 13 wins in 14 games between December and March, however, put Bayern right back into the thick of the Bundesliga title race with Borussia Dortmund.
Despite a few minor slip-ups towards the end of the campaign, Bayern sealed a seventh consecutive league crown by thrashing Kovac’s old club Eintracht Frankfurt 5-1.
After winning his first league title as a manager, the former midfielder confirmed he remains certain of his future at the Allianz Arena.
“I have information in the background, and I am convinced that I will continue,” he told Sky.
Asked if the club board have confirmed he will remain next term, Kovac replied: “Yes, we’ll put it that way.”
A crushing last day win
With a two-point lead over Dortmund prior to this weekend, Bayern needed at least a draw against Eintracht to win a 29th Bundesliga title.
It took Kingsley Coman only four minutes to break the deadlock in front of the club’s home supporters.
Although the Kovac’s men were unable to double their advantage and paid dearly for it when Sebastien Haller equalised for Eintracht after the break.
However, the French striker’s equaliser triggered a stunning reaction from Bayern as they scored four goals in the space of just 25 minutes.
David Alaba and Renato Sanches put them 3-1 up before departing veterans Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery came off the bench to add two more goals.
Thanks to a 5-1 final day victory, Bayern were crowned champions with the home crowd chanting Kovac’s name afterwards.
“Of course it touches you,” said the 47-year-old on the supporters.
“I’m made of flesh and blood like everyone else. The fans have a good feeling for what we’ve done.”
Meanwhile, second-place Borussia Dortmund managed to defeat Borussia Monchengladbach 2-0 through goals from Jadon Sancho and Marco Reus.