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Published: Sun, April 15, 2018
Medical | By Garry George

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It was a bitter defeat for Frankfurt coach Niko Kovac the day after it was announced that he will join Bayern Munich next season, as his club slipped to sixth, five points behind Leverkusen who have 51, with four games left.

Frankfurt's sporting director Fredi Bobic was furious, accusing Bayern of being "not professional and disrespectful".

"Very annoying, unprofessional and lacking in respect", Bobic said of Kovac's switch being made public.

"We have a very important match tomorrow in Leverkusen and next week in the cup against Schalke, which should actually be the topics today. I have a lot of trust in him", he said.

"Secondly, we thought for a long time about when we should tell the Frankfurters".

They will exchange places with fourth-placed Bayer Leverkusen if they beat them tonight. "We are convinced he is the right coach for the future of Bayern".

The 25-year-old forward charged through in the 71st minute to put Leverkusen 2-1 in front after Julian Brandt had fired the hosts ahead in the 20th only for Marco Fabian to draw Frankfurt level three minutes later.

But an upset Hoeness rubbished the allegations of a leak, saying the Bavarian outfit had acted appropriately in the pursuit of their former player and timed the decision to soften the impact on Frankfurt.

Kovac has previous history with Bayern, having played for the club between 2001-2003, in a successful career where he captained the Croatia national team.

Bayern did not reveal the cost of poaching Kovac, but both Bild and Sport Bild claimed that his departure before the end of his Frankfurt contract in 2019 would cost Bayern 2.2 million euros (S$3.6 million).

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