Niko Kovač and his brother Robert will no longer coach Bayern Munich. According to an article published on the club’s website, the head coach had offered his resignation on Sunday.
This followed a mutual decision by Bayern president Uli Hoeneß, CEO Karl Heinz -Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidžić (with Kovač himself) to relive the latter of his duties.
Later, all involved (apart from the retiring president) put out individual statements about how this would be the best for all parties, given the team’s bad performances in recent weeks.
Assistant coach Hans Flick will lead the team in the upcoming matches against Olympiacos Piraeus and Borussia Dortmund respectively. The November international break immediately follows those games, which should give club officials enough time to find the successor of Niko Kovač.
For my part, I agree that it is best for the team to find a new coaching staff, given that the Kovačs have clearly lost the dressing room, if they indeed ever had it in the first place.
However, I do fear that the team has once again become uncoachable. There are several World Cup winners in it, including some from 2014 and others from 2018. There are plenty of divas in the squad who seem to think that they are bigger than the club.
They are unlikely to submit to any coach who has had less success than them. There are indeed few coaches on the market today who have a résumé that would impress those players.
Another problem for coaches is the atmosphere around the club, which includes totally uninformed fans who see everything less than winning the treble, or at least the UEFA Champions League as a failure.
Many of those same people have crucified Pep Guardiola when he was there for “only” reaching the semifinals of the UCL with Bayern, now wish he was back! Unrealistic expectations could still ruin Bayern.
Niko Kovač is a fairly good coach, but he was in over his head here.