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Bayern maul Monchengladbach 5-1

Bayern maul Monchengladbach 5-1

Bayern Munich routed Borussia Monchengladbach 5-1 here in its first Bundesliga game since clinching a 6th consecutive league title. Frankfurt are mired in a knife-edge battle for Champions league qualification and bosses fear the news could derail their season at a crucial stage.

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

"We are convinced that he is the right coach for the future of FC Bayern".

A further twist is that both clubs are owned by Bostonians: John W. Henry's Fenway Sports Group is the parent company of Liverpool and the Boston Red Sox while Roma's James Pallotta has also a minority share of the Boston Celtics.

Bundesliga champions Bayern revealed on Friday that Kovac will take charge at the end of the season, when the short-term reign of Jupp Heynckes comes to an end.

The 46-year-old Kovac took over at the "Eagles" in March 2016 and led the club out of the Bundesliga doldrums.

'He told us that he had already decided.

Without doubt the biggest losers of the managerial appointment, Eintracht Frankfurt have lost a promising manager that had transformed the club in a two-year spell.

The Chile midfielder is said to be still hurting from Bayern's quarter-final elimination at the hands of Real Madrid last season.

There is an air of nostalgia about the fixtures - the '80s were a glorious period for both clubs, with Roma winning one of its three Serie A titles in 1983 and reaching its only European Cup final the following season.

However, according to reports in January, the Colombian would look to leave Bayern if Heynckes were not to extend his own deal and manage next season.

James was introduced at the start of the second half and played his part in Thiago's goal.

The 31-year-old had played down links of taking over at Bayern, but refused to completely rule out leaving Hoffenheim. With Real looking vulnerable despite Ronaldo's extraordinary performances, Bayern has a chance to provide their coach with the flawless send-off - and even provide a little bit more romance.

When asked about his successor, Heynckes said: "Niko Kovac is a good choice, he is doing a very good job at Eintracht Frankfurt".

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