Bayern Munich: Kovac’s future may depend on winning out the season, says Rummenigge

Bayern Munich’s head coach Niko Kovac seems to be on thin ice as the season draws to a close. 

After Bayern Munich’s frustrating 0-0 draw against RB Leipzig,  the only goal of the game disallowed for offsides on a controversial VAR review — both chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic danced around the question of whether Kovac would still be their coach next season.

In a post-game interview with Sky, Rummenigge reiterated yet again that Kovac must deliver successes. He told Sky,

I don’t have any problem with Niko Kovac at all. I'm always hearing the word “job guarantee, job guarantee.” At Bayern Munich, players, management, and coaches must deliver successfully deliver; that's true for everyone.

On the contrary, we have good relationship. I only think that at the end of the day it's our task to steer the team, the coach, and everyone a bit in the right direction, so that we'll hopefully have the Meisterschale in our hands next Saturday.

Pressed about his refusal to guarantee Kovac’s status for next season, despite the fact that Bayern remains in first place in the Bundesliga and will play in the DFB Pokal final, Rummenigge reiterated his unwillingness to give any guarantee, however late in the season:

I'm not friend of these guarantees, nor of only praising the players and coach. I've found that sometimes that is paid back with complacency, and at Bayern Munich that is not the right way.

Rummenigge was asked whether Kovac was definitely the “coach for the next few years,” but answered merely that, “The duration of [his] contract is well-known.” Kovac is signed until June 30, 2021.

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