Monaco sacks coach Niko Kovac during winter holidays


Monaco sacked their coach Niko Kovac with the club sixth in the French championship at mid-season.

Monaco said in a statement on Saturday that Kovac was briefed on the decision on Thursday in a meeting, adding that reserve team coach Stéphane Nado would take on an interim role for Sunday’s Coupe de France match in Quevilly-Rouen.

French sports daily L’Equipe announced that Club Brugge coach Philippe Clément would become the new permanent coach.

Clément played 333 matches and scored 45 goals, as a defender of Club Brugge before taking office in June 2019 and winning two Belgian league titles to make three in a row, after winning the season with Genk. former.

Although Monaco have won three of their last four league games, a poor start to the season and a failure to qualify for the Champions League through the August qualifiers took their toll on Kovac.

Kovac’s side, 50, lost 3-2 on aggregate to Shakhtar Donetsk, despite a 2-0 lead in the second leg at half-time in Ukraine.

Monaco are four points behind second place Nice and third place Marseille in the Champions League standings for next season.

Kovac also got off to a slow start with Monaco last season, but then turned the team’s fortunes to finish third behind Paris Saint-Germain and champion Lille.

“I want my team to be dynamic and attractive,” Kovac said in February, after collecting 22 out of 24 points.

The partnership between French striker Wissam Ben Yedder and German striker Kevin Volland worked well last season but didn’t click the same this time around, and the defense leaked.

Monaco started badly with a win in six league games – and that was against Troyes, the promoted team.

Monaco hired Kovac after sacking Roberto Moreno in June 2020, citing the success of the former Croatian midfielder as he coached Bayern Munich, Eintracht Frankfurt and his own national team.

Although he led Bayern to a league and cup double in 2019, he was sacked in November of the same year.


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