German champions Bayern Munich have confirmed the appointment of Eintracht Frankfurt coach, Niko Kovac to lead the club from the 2018/2019 season.
Heynckes took over following ex-Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti’s dismissal in September and led Bayern to their sixth Bundesliga title in a row.
The 72-year-old is in his fourth spell at the club, and could yet win the Champions League again.
Former Croatia captain and boss Kovac played for Bayern from 2001 to 2003 and has signed a three-year contract and will take up his new role on 1 July.
Kovac’s brother Robert, also a former Bayern player, will move with him from his role as Eintracht head coach to be his assistant.
The new manager, born in Berlin to Croatian parents, is under contract to Frankfurt until 2019 and reports in the German media have suggested his release clause is 2.2 million euros (£1.9m).
“Niko knows the people in charge as well as the structure and the club’s DNA,” said Bayern sports director Hasan Salihamidzic. “We are convinced he is the right coach for the future of Bayern.”