While Kovac's hopes of guiding his current club to Champions League qualification suffered a significant setback in a 4-1 loss at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday, Bayern had no such problems as they cruised to a 5-1 hammering of Borussia Monchengladbach. In 2013 as he was set to retire for the first time, Bayern announced Pep Guardiola before the season was over and Heynckes bowed out in the best way possible - with a treble. Bayern's attempts to convince the 72-year-old Heynckes otherwise were unsuccessful.
Frankfurt's head coach Niko Kovac.
"We found the comments made by Fredi Bobic pretty outrageous", he told reporters after the game.
"We're very happy that we could win Niko Kovac as a new coach for Bayern", sports director Hasan Salihamidzic said.
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Hot prospect Israel Adesanya continued to show promise but couldn't finish his fight against Marvin Vettori . That's what I've been preparing for for 12 weeks. "I just stayed tough and believed in myself, got it done".
The holders have been drawn against the newly crowned Bundesliga champions in a repeat of the last-four tie from five years ago, which Bayern won on penalties. Real Madrid and Bayern Munich will meet in the Champions League semi-final and Colombia worldwide James Rodríguez is on loan at Bayern from the LaLiga side.
'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.
Kovac was appointed at Eintracht in March 2016 and helped the club survive a relegation play-off that season before guiding them to a respectable 11th-place finish in 2017.
Frankfurt now lie in 6th place in the Bundesliga, five points away from Champions League qualification, with four games to go.
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But, there is the risk that their final weeks of the season could see a downturn in form as Kovac's mind begins to shift towards Bayern - who Frankfurt could go up against in the DFB-Pokal final should they win their respective semi-finals.
James was introduced at the start of the second half and played his part in Thiago's goal.
However, according to reports in January, the Colombian would look to leave Bayern if Heynckes were not to extend his own deal and manage next season. "We are convinced he is the right coach for the future of Bayern".
The appointment continues a remarkable upward trend for 46-year-old Kovac, who will take over on July 1, after an impressive spell in Frankfurt - his maiden job in club management.
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AS admitted the European champions went from "the panic to the semi-finals", while Marca simply believed: "It was a penalty". But Madrid were given a last-gasp penalty when Mehdi Benatia bumped into Lucas Vazquez inside Juventus' area.
"It's not so simple, I have to admit", Kovac said.
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