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Things you should know about new Bayern manager

Bayern are set to appoint former player Niko Kovac as their new manager.

The 46-year-old is due to take over the reins as the German club move to replace former boss Jupp Heynckes.

Kovac is currently in charge at fellow Bundelisga side Eintracht Frankfurt, but will be unveiled as new Bayern boss in April, report Bild .

A former Croatia international, Kovac was capped by his country 83 times during an illustrious playing career.

Along with brother Robert he was a regular feature for the side, appearing in the 2002 and 2006 World Cup finals.

He signed for Bayern in 2001, going on to make 34 appearances over a two-year period with the club – and was part of the 2002/03 side who won the Bundesliga.

Kovac has plenty of experience of the German top flight, having also played for Bayer Leverkusen, Hertha Berlin and Hamburg.

He finished his playing days at Red Bull Salzburg in 2009 with his last game coming in a friendly with Bayern.

A move into coaching followed as manager of the clubs second team, before being promoted to the role of Assistant Manager with the first team squad.

After leaving Salzburg he was appointed with his brother to lead the Croatia under-21 team.

After a period as caretaker boss of the senior international side, Kovac was given the job full time and qualified for the 2014 World Cup.

Kovac was sacked though after less than two years in charge following a disappointing defeat to Norway.He has been in charge at Frankfurt since 2016, helping them to avoid relegation in his first season.

They now sit fifth in the Bundesliga table just outside of the Champions League qualification places.

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