Change of coach during the winter break: FC Monaco and coach Niko Kovac will go their separate ways with immediate effect. As confirmed by Ligue 1 club on Saturday evening, Monaco released the former Bayern coach from his duties. Born in Berlin, he has coached the six-time champion of France, who is currently sixth in the league, since mid-July 2020. Kovac has not won the title in a year and a half with Monaco, but has finished third in his debut season.
Until further notice, Stefan Nadeau will take care of the team on a temporary basis. The club wants to announce a successor “soon,” according to the club’s announcement. Kovac was informed of the decision last Thursday.
Lately things haven’t gone smoothly in Monaco: In the summer, the team missed out on qualifying for the Champions League against Shakhtar Donetsk of Ukraine, against top teams such as Kovac’s side around former German goalkeeper Alexander Nubel and national player Kevin Volland in a mostly lost league. After the first half of the season, Monaco took only sixth place in the table. However, the second and third places are only four points away. The French newspaper recently reported the teamThe club bosses are not satisfied with Kovac. So he couldn’t raise the level of his team, and he couldn’t advance the players individually either. In addition, Kovac lost his relationship with the team, also due to his “semi-military” leadership style. In the Bundesliga, he coached Eintracht Frankfurt (2016-2018) and Bayern Munich (2018-2019).
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