Bundesliga: Niko Kovac becomes the new coach in Wolfsburg

The return of Niko Kovac in the Bundesliga is perfect. VfL Wolfsburg announced on Tuesday the signing of the former champion coach from Bayern Munich. The 50-year-old signed a contract that runs until 2025. As with AS Monaco, Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and the Croatian national team, his brother Robert Kovac will support him as assistant coach.

“I am a child of Bundesliga and there is a great desire and motivation to start another successful chapter with the Wolves,” said Kovac on his return. The native of Berlin should continue the successful work of Oliver Glasner and Bruno Labbadia at VfL. These two coaches developed the VfL between 2018 and 2021 from almost relegated to Champions League participant.

Last season, however, the team under Mark van Bommel and Florian Kohfeldt lost almost all the qualities that had made them strong: the will to win, unity, fitness and their tactical identity. Kovac is known for promoting just such virtues. “He stands for consistent and success-oriented work and I am convinced that the team will bear his signature in the years to come,” said VfL Managing Director Jörg Schmadtke.

At Bayern, Kovac had to leave just a few months after winning the double

The Croatian national team led Kovac to the 2014 World Cup, Eintracht Frankfurt to the 2018 DFB Cup victory and AS Monaco to a Champions League qualification spot in his first season in 2020/21. At FC Bayern, however, he had to leave just six months after winning the double of the championship and the DFB Cup on November 3, 2019. Players and executives like Karl-Heinz Rummenigge were no longer convinced of his work there.

At VfL, Kovac is a report Wolfsburg General Newspaper according to the preferred candidate of sports director Schmadtke, who had campaigned for further cooperation with Florian Kohfeldt until the weekend before last. Schmadtke and Kovac have known each other since a season together as Bayer Leverkusen players (1997/98).

“The discussions with Jörg Schmadtke and Marcel Schäfer were very good and trusting and convinced me to accept this exciting challenge,” said Kovac: “The team has enormous potential and the conditions for optimal and successful work are in place.”

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