The news was officially announced on 19th July. Niko Kovac has been chosen by Paul Mitchell, new technical director of the Monegasque club, to take over Robert Moreno.
The Croatian coach has signed a three-year contract with the club, with an option to extend it. After a 20-year career as a professional player, Niko Kovac became coach of the Croatian national team between 2013 and 2015 and helped deliver them to the 2014 World Cup. He then became coach of Eintracht Frankfurt from 2016 to 2018, with whom he won the 2018 German Cup and qualified for the European Cup in the same year. Before joining AS Monaco, the Croatian coach coached Bayern Munich, with whom he scored a hat-trick of DFL Supercup, DFL Cup and Bundesliga triumphs in the 2018-19 season.
A ‘new chapter’ for ASM
“Niko has a great deal of experience at the highest level as a former player and coach. He has constantly shown an ability to win with Bayern Munich, one of the biggest clubs in the world and winning while in a re-building process at Frankfurt (…) His energy, his way of working and his vision of the game make him the coach the club needs to assert our ambitions and build the solid foundations to create sustainable success for the future.” said Paul Mitchell, AS Monaco’s sporting director.
Niko Kovac kicks off his first day as club coach on 20th July at La Turbie Training Centre. On the departure of former Spanish coach Robert Moreno, Oleg Petrov, vice-president and general manager, said in a statement, “our paths parted sooner than expected but I would like to thank Robert Moreno for accepting the challenge. Together with his staff, Robert has done his utmost to improve the team, with enthusiasm and dedication of his time. I wish him all the best for the future.”