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Niko Kovač named new Monaco coach

Niko Kovač (Photo credit: Sven Mandel / CC-BY-SA-4.0)

Former Croatia captain and coach Niko Kovač has been named the new manager of French Ligue 1 club Monaco. 

After parting ways with Robert Moreno, the board of Monaco named Kovač as his successor. Kovač has signed a 3-year deal with the club with the possibility to extend. 

The Croatian will lead his first training session on Monday with the first team and Executive Vice-President Oleg Petrov had some warm words for Kovač. 

“We are happy to welcome Niko Kovač. The new season opens a new chapter for Monaco, and Niko Kovač is the embodiment of a leader. His work has been recognised through the progress of young talents, leadership confirmed by quality players and the ability to achieve very good results. and personality to be an important factor in meeting club goals.”

Another former Croatian international, goalkeeper Danijel Subašić, left the club last month. 

Kovač made 83 appearances for Croatia during his career, scoring 14 goals. He first coached at RB Salzburg academy before taking the Croatia U-21 team. 

He made the leap to the senior team, leading Croatia the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. He then managed Eintracht and won the German Cup before winning the league and cup double with Bayern Munich last season. 

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