Monaco appoints Kovac as manager after sacking Moreno

AS Monaco has roped in former Bayern Munich manager Niko Kovac on a three-year deal.

Niko Kovac

Niko Kovac joins Monaco after having led Bayern Munich to Bundesliga, German Cup and Super Cup success.   -  Getty Images

AS Monaco has appointed former Bayern Munich and Croatia boss Niko Kovac as its new manager on a three-year deal to replace Robert Moreno, the Ligue 1 team said.

Moreno, who replaced Leonardo Jardim in December, was dismissed at the weekend. Monaco finished the season ninth and 28 points behind Paris St Germain, which was named champion when the season was cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“AS Monaco are pleased to announce the arrival of Niko Kovac as head coach. The Croatian has signed on a three-year contract with an option to extend,” Monaco said in a statement.

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Kovac had joined Bayern in 2018 after a spell at Eintracht Frankfurt where he won the German Cup. He won the German Cup, Bundesliga and Super Cup with Bayern before leaving in November.

“Niko is recognised for his work both for the national team and ... in club environments, in the development of young talent, the management of experienced players and the ability to achieve very good results. I'm convinced that his experience and personality will help us achieve our goals,” Monaco vice-president Oleg Petrov said.

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