Bayern Munich coach Niko Kovac has been shown the exit door after a 5-1 hammering at the hands of Eintracht Frankfurt over the weekend.
The once mighty Bayern poor run of results marked their worst start to a season in a decade.
The timing may have caught a few people off guard, but the decision announced on Sunday night hardly came as a surprise.
The 48-year-old former Croatia midfielder had been in charge since July 2018 and despite leading Bayern to a measly league-and-cup double last season, the beleaguered coach has finally been given the boot.
Kovac won 45 of his 65 games in charge of Bayern but Saturday’s defeat was the club’s heaviest in the Bundesliga in 10 years.
Kovac leaves with Bayern fourth in the table, four points behind leaders Borussia Monchengladbach.
Bayern Munich chief executive officer Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, commented on the developments that led to the drastic decision.
“The performances of our team in recent weeks and the results have shown us that there was a need for action.
“We had an open and serious discussion with Niko this Sunday based on that and came to the mutual decision that Niko is no longer head coach of FC Bayern.” said Rummenigge.
By Gerald Dandah