Niko Kovac unveiled as the new Monaco boss and he will become their fourth manager in less than two years
Niko Kovac unveiled as new Monaco boss and he will become their fourth manager in less than two years, just eight months after being fired by Bayern Munich
- Niko Kovac had his first press conference as manager of Monaco on Wednesday
- The Croatian coach was fired in November by the Bundesliga party Bayern Munich
- Kovac replaces Robert Moreno, who was dropped after Monaco finished ninth
- The 48-year old player is Monaco’s fourth coach in less than two years
Former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has been unveiled as the new Monaco manager.
Kovac, who was sacked by the German champions in November, will replace Robert Moreno who was suspended after Monaco finished ninth in Ligue 1.
The Croat, who will be the fourth Monaco trainer in less than two years, had his first press conference on Wednesday as the new head coach.
Former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has been unveiled as the new Monaco manager
The Croatian had his first press conference on Wednesday as the new head coach of Monaco
Kovac said: ‘I play an intensive style of football. It requires good fitness to practice.
“I have had the opportunity to participate in many pre-seasons in my career and I know that it is important to be physically good physically, but also technically and tactically.
‘We will have to use every day for the next five weeks to work on this optimally.
“It will take a lot of drive and hard work for our first game in August and we will do everything we can to be in the best possible shape.”
Croatian Kovac was fired by the German giants in November after a series of poor results
Monaco vice president Oleg Petrov was also present and he believes Kovac’s appointment represents the club’s ambition.
“The arrival of Niko is a strong choice – it shows our ambition,” he said at a news conference on Tuesday.
“It also shows our willingness to do our best to achieve our goal of making AS Monaco a successful club.
“It is an important change, which is being adopted and in line with the club’s strategy.”
Moreno only joined the Ligue 1-squad in November after a period in which he led the Spanish national team
The French top flight was ended early amid the coronavirus pandemic and during that time the club decided to make a change with Tottenham’s former hiring manager, Paul Mitchell, who takes over as sporting director.
Kovac won the Bundesliga and the German Cup in his first season with Bayern, but came under enormous pressure at the club in the current campaign after the team dropped in the title race and was replaced by Hansi Flick.
He had won admirers for his work in Frankfurt, where he helped them win the German Cup against his future employers Bayern.
Former Tottenham recruiting chief Paul Mitchell took over the position of Sporting Director
Monaco hopes Kovac can be successful in the long run by firing Moreno, Leonardo Jardim and Thierry Henry over the past two seasons.
Moreno was only in charge of Monaco for seven months after a period in which he led the Spanish national team.