Hermann Gerland has been named as assistant to interim Bayern Munich coach Hans Flick following the sacking of Niko Kovac.

The German champion dismissed head coach Kovac on Sunday after suffering a 5-1 loss to Eintracht Frankfurt that left it fourth in the table.

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Flick was placed in temporary charge, and Bayern confirmed on Monday that Gerland will take on the caretaker's prior role as assistant.

Veteran coach Gerland has previously worked alongside Louis van Gaal, Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola and Carlo Ancelotti at the Allianz Arena.

"Hermann is very experienced," Flick told Bayern's official website. "He knows the team, he knows the procedures, he knows FC Bayern as a whole. That's why I wanted to work with him."

Bayern hosts Olympiacos in the Champions League on Wednesday and take on Klassiker rival Borussia Dortmund three days later.

Jose Mourinho, Erik ten Hag and Massimiliano Allegri have all been touted as possible successors to Kovac, who lasted one full season at Bayern.