Monaco sacked head coach Niko Kovac

Monaco sacked head coach Niko Kovac

Ligue 1 side Monaco confirmed that they already parted ways with manager Niko Kovac after just 18 months in charge of the club. Kovac led the club to a third place finish and the final of the Coupe de France last season. He will leave the team sixth place in the table, only four points behind second-place Nice. More Serie A results, news, and updates, plus Liverpool transfer when you continue reading!

“AS Monaco announce that the club has taken the decision to part ways with Niko Kovac,” the club wrote in a statement. “The Croatian coach was informed on Thursday during a preliminary meeting. AS Monaco will announce the name of its new head coach very soon. Until then, Stéphane Nado, coach of the reserves, will train the first team.”

Kovac, who previously managed Bayern Munich as well as his national side, was hired in June 2020. They made a poor start to the season under Kovac, winning one of six league games against promoted side Troyes. But thefailure to qualify for the Champions League via the August playoffs was the one that cost the 50-year-old’s job.

They lost 3-2 on aggregate to Shakhtar Donetsk, despite leading the second leg 2-0 at halftime. Kovac led Bayern to a league and cup double in 2019, he was fired in November of that year. Monaco will travel to Ligue 2 side Quevilly-Rouen Métropole in the Coupe de France round of 32 this weekend.  Monaco last played in December 22’s home victory over Rennes before French football’s winter break.

Club Brugge coach Philippe Clement is reportedly set to succeed Kovac. According to reports, Clement has accepted a two-and-a-half year contract with the Principality side. Club Brugge great Clement took charge in June 2019 and won two Belgian league titles to make it three in a row, after winning with Genk the previous season. Brugge in the meantime are searching for a suitable replacement.

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