​Bayern Munich chief Uli Hoeness has revealed that recently appointed manager Niko Kovac was in fact the club's third choice, after being turned down by former ​Borussia Dortmund manager Thomas Tuchel.


The 46-year-old, currently in charge of Eintracht Frankfurt, was earlier this week confirmed as the successor to Jupp Heynckes at the Allianz Arena.

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However, Kovac was not Munich's preferred option and only became a candidate for the post following an unsuccessful attempt to persuade Heynckes to stay on in the role and a similarly unsuccessful attempt to lure Tuchel to the Bavarian club.


Hoeness, following ​Bayern's 5-1 dismantling of Borussia Monchengladbach, spoke of the manager hunt, via FourFourTwo"It was portrayed as having a desperate search. We tried for a very, very long time to persuade Jupp [to stay on]. 


"When we realised in a final, final conversation that he was not doing it, we were talking to the coach who was free, Thomas Tuchel."

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Tuchel had originally emerged as one of the favourites to replace Heynckes at Bayern - who took temporary charge of the club after Carlo Ancelotti's dismissal back in October 2017.


Hoeness went on to confirm that Tuchel had already decided on his next move, a move that according to ​The Guardian will see the German take charge of Paris Saint-Germain next season.


Hoeness added: "He told us that he had already decided. That was a shame, but not a shock for us. He also had no contract offer, but it was the offer of a mutual conversation with us both, 


"Then a few days later we met again internally and decided that our preferred candidate is now Niko Kovac. And that's how it happened."