In the last days of the year 2021, AS Monaco decided to separate from its coach, Niko Kovac, almost two years after his arrival in the club. A choice that Prince Albert II did not appreciate, as evidenced by his outburst on Europe 1, Sunday, February 6.
In Beijing for the twenty-fourth opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics, Prince Albert of Monaco, passionate about sports, agreed to answer questions from Jacques Vendroux and Cyrille de la Morinerie on Europe 1, Sunday, February 6. An exclusive interview during which the sovereign who participated five times in the Olympics, in the bobsleigh events, spoke about the premature departure of Niko Kovac, coach of the AS Monaco.
The day after the match between AS Monaco and Olympique Lyonnais (2-0), the prince spoke to express his regret to see Niko Kovac be replaced by Philippe Clement, former Belgian international footballer, on the bench of the team of the Rock. “I hope I’m wrong, but I think it was a little too hasty a decision,” said then the husband of Charlene of Monaco. “I was shown by several arguments, that it was time to change. Because we were not in the objectives that we had set at the beginning of the season,” he continued, emphasizing nevertheless the fact that “normally, we make the assessment towards the end of the season and not in the middle”.
Albert of Monaco: “I might have left Niko Kovac a few more months”
If the sovereign salutes the talent of Philippe Clement, “a very good coach, someone quite charming and with very good results in the teams he has already coached,” he does not hide his disappointment at the departure of the Croatian: “I might have left Niko Kovac a few more months, probably until the end of the season.”
Coach of Bayern Munich in the 2018-2019 season, Niko Kovac arrived in Monaco, July 19, 2020. At the end of the 2020-2021 season of Ligue 1, the team under his leadership, then ranked third behind Lille and PSG. And if in the middle of the season 2021-2022, AS Monaco is in sixth place in the standings, with good results, the coach was still dismissed …
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