Former Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac has been unveiled as the new Monaco manager.
Kovac, who was sacked by the German champions in November, replaces Robert Moreno, who was axed after Monaco finished ninth in Ligue 1.
The Croatian, Monaco’s fourth manager in less than two years, had his first press conference as their new head coach on Wednesday and he promised to introduce ‘intense’ football.
Kovac said: ‘I play an intensive style of football. It requires being in good shape to be able to practice it.
‘I have had the opportunity to participate in a lot of pre-seasons in my career and I know that it is important to be in good shape physically, of course, but also technically and tactically.
‘We will have to use every day over the next five weeks to work on these aspects in an optimal way.
‘It will take a lot of drive and hard work for our first game in August and we will do everything possible to be in the best possible shape.’
Monaco’s vice-president Oleg Petrov was also present and he thinks Kovac’s appointment represents the club’s ambition.
‘The arrival of Niko is a strong choice – it demonstrates our ambition,’ he said at a news conference on Tuesday.
‘It also demonstrates our willingness to do our utmost to achieve our goal, which is to make AS Monaco a successful club.
‘It is an important change, one that is assumed, and aligned with the strategy of the club.’
The French top flight was ended early amid the coronavirus pandemic and in that time the club have decided to make a change with former Tottenham recruitment chief Paul Mitchell taking over as sporting director.
Kovac won the Bundesliga and German Cup in his first season at Bayern but came under massive pressure earlier in the current campaign after the team fell off the pace in the title race, and he was then replaced by Hansi Flick.
He had won admirers for his work at Frankfurt, where he helped them win the German Cup against his future employers Bayern.
Monaco will be hoping Kovac can provide success in the long-term having sacked Moreno, Leonardo Jardim and Thierry Henry in the last two seasons.
Moreno had only been in charge of Monaco for seven months after a spell managing the Spain national team.