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Rummenigge: Niko Kovac’s Bayern Munich future is safe

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Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has confirmed Niko Kovac will remain in charge of Bayern Munich next season.

Since replacing the legendary Jupp Heynckes last summer, Kovac’s future at Bayern has been frequently put into question amid a lacklustre start.

The Bavarians found themselves trailing leaders Borussia Dortmund by nine points in the Bundesliga standings in December. This aroused speculation that former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would replace Kovac.

However, the Croatian remained in the dugout and oversaw an incredible run of 13 wins in 14 games between December and March to restore Bayern’s title challenge.

While they did fall to a disappointing Champions League last-16 exit to Liverpool, Bayern went on to claim a memorable seventh consecutive league crown.

Ahead of Saturday’s DFB-Pokal final against RB Leipzig, however, speculation over Kovac’s future continues to persist.

But Rummenigge has now effectively shut down those rumours by voicing his confidence that Kovac will be the manager next season.

“It would be crazy to make the future dependent on one game,” said Rummenigge, according to Yahoo.

“We [he and Kovac] have no problem with each other – it’s all straightforward. Nobody is questioning that he will be our coach next season.

“I think that if you coach [like this] in Bavaria in the first year, that is certainly a success. He is a young, relatively inexperienced coach.”

Speaking after Bayern’s title victory last weekend, Kovac announced he’s “convinced” that his job at the Allianz Arena is safe.

“I have information in the background, and I am convinced that I will continue,” he told Sky.

Asked on whether he’s been confirmed for next season, Kovac replied: “Yes, we’ll put it that way.”

MUNICH, GERMANY - MAY 18: Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and team mates celebrate with the trophy following the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena on May 18, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
MUNICH, GERMANY – MAY 18: Arjen Robben of Bayern Munich and team mates celebrate with the trophy following the Bundesliga match between FC Bayern Muenchen and Eintracht Frankfurt at Allianz Arena on May 18, 2019 in Munich, Germany. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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