When Bayern Munich bosses called a press conference at 11am on Friday, there was much discussion that it could be to announce the firing of Niko Kovac as the club’s manager.
Rumours that former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger would be replacing him were flying around ahead of the presser, with many believing he would take charge of the Bavarians after they have gone winless in their past four matches.
In fact, the conference was simply for Kovac to address the German media and for the Munich brass to back him as the skipper going forward. Despite sitting in sixth place in the table with 13 points from seven matches, Kovac will stay on as manager.
The weeks leading up to the international break were trying for the Reds, as a home draw with Augsburg was following by a 2-0 defeat at Hertha. A home Champions League tie with Ajax broke a 12-match home winning streak in the competition, before a 3-0 home thrashing at the hands of Borussia Monchengladbach created panic for supporters.
Even with the poor performances, the team will stay with Kovac, who joined this summer from Eintracht Frankfurt. The Croatian used the press conference to calm the nerves of local media and fans, stating that he vows to right the ship going forward.
Oddsmakers believe in Kovac as well, with Bayern Munich priced as 20/57 favourites with 10Bet heading into their clash with Wolfsburg on Saturday.