Bayern Munich announces Kovac as next manager

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Niko Kovac could be taking over a treble-winner on July 1.

The ex-Bayern Munich player and current Eintracht Frankfurt boss will take over the Bavarians when Jupp Heynckes retires after the season on a three-year deal, the club announced Friday.

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Bayern is in the semifinals of the German Cup and UEFA Champions League, and has already won a sixth-straight Bundesliga title.

A Croatian legend, Kovac spent the majority of his playing career with Hertha Berlin but won the Bundesliga in one of his two seasons as a Bayern player.

Kovac has led Eintracht to fifth in the Bundesliga, and the club is battling for a Top Four place. That makes the timing of the announcement all the more suspect.