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Kovac receives vote of confidence as Wenger coy on Bayern talk

The German club’s chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge wants the Croatian to remain in charge for a number of years.

 Wenger has said he wants to return to work in January.
Wenger has said he wants to return to work in January.

UNDER-PRESSURE Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has received a vote of confidence from chief executive Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Kovac, 47, succeeded Jupp Heynckes in the Bayern hotseat in the summer but the Croatian has found it difficult at the Allianz Arena so far.

Bayern have won the Bundesliga title in the last six seasons but already face a battle to retain the championship under Kovac’s guidance.

The German outfit are currently fifth in the table and nine points behind league leaders and rivals Borussia Dortmund.

Bayern have impressed in the Champions League, winning four and drawing one of their five Group E matches, but that has not stopped speculation surrounding Kovac’s future.

Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has been linked with replacing Kovac, but Rummenigge insists the club wants the ex-Frankfurt coach to remain in charge for a number of years.

In an interview with AZ, Rummenigge said: “The wish of all us at FC Bayern is to collaborate with Niko Kovac for a long time.

“It’s my wish that he not only is our coach at Christmas in 2018, but also in 2019 and in 2020.

“He knows Bayern Munich. He’s an extreme character, in a positive sense. He’s a person that I like. I see a coach who fights, who’s ready to change a few things. And he has to change a few things.”

Bayern’s public backing of Kovac comes after Wenger dodged questions about the speculation linking him with the Bundesliga giants.

Responding to a question about Bayern, Wenger reportedly said at an event in Tignes, France: “I did not come here to talk about my future.”

But expanding further on his desire to coach again, the Frenchman added: “I still have dreams. No, it’s not over [my coaching career].

“There are different ways to work as a coach, I can also train young players. But I’m still fit. I still want it.

“Since I have gained a lot of experience, life makes it less interesting not to share what you have learned. Passing on what you have learned is part of life.”

Bayern are back in action on Saturday when they travel to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga.

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