BERLIN – Niko Kovac's future at Bayern Munich largely depends on the club retaining the Bundesliga title on Saturday and avoiding a season finale slip-up that could allow Borussia Dortmund to end their long reign as champions.
The Croat coach, in his first season in Munich, can still win the domestic league and Cup double but the tightest Bundesliga race in years has already raised the alarm at Bayern, winners of the last six consecutive league titles.
The Bavarians are on 75 points and host Eintracht Frankfurt, who are battling for a Champions League spot, while Dortmund, on 73, travel to Borussia Moenchengladbach, also a Champions League contender.
Victory for Bayern or matching Dortmund's result would secure them the title and possibly Kovac his job.
"I constantly hear the word job guarantee. I am not a fan of job guarantees and I do not want to just praise the coach and the players," said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.