Dortmund (dpa) – Celebrated as a do-it-yourselfer at the beginning of his tenure, expelled as a procrastinator at the end – Lucien Favre’s divorce triggered a pre-Christmas quake at Borussia Dortmund.

Less than 24 hours after the 1: 5 debacle against VfB Stuttgart, the Revierclub drew the consequences and prematurely ended the cooperation with the 63-year-old Swiss who had actually been contracted until summer 2021.

The footballer made no secret of his disappointment. “I am sorry that we are separating here. We have had two successful years and have a team that would have played a successful season this year as well. I am still convinced of that,” he said on Sunday. German news agency.

His previous assistant Edin Terzic will initially take over until the end of the season and direct the game at Werder Bremen on Tuesday. Former U17 coach Sebastian Geppert and top talent coach Otto Addo will assist him.

Given the continuing downward trend with three home defeats in a row, the club top was forced to take this step. The desperate performance against VfB cost Favre the last bit of confidence. Concerns about missing out on the Champions League qualification, which is eminently important in Corona times, grew too great. “It is difficult for us to take this step. Nevertheless, we believe that achieving our goals for the season is in great danger due to the recent negative development in the current line-up and that we must therefore act”, said BVB sports director Michael Zorc.

A few hours after the race, General Manager Hans-Joachim Watzke called the cracking 1: 5 against newly promoted Stuttgart, which the team, which was heavily traded a few weeks ago, said goodbye to the title race, as a “black day” and announced an immediate analysis. Not the favorite from Dortmund, but the brutal underdog from Stuttgart presented a spectacle and demonstrated the BVB in stages with high speed, great willingness to walk and passionate duel.

The fact that Borussia had already been weakened in the previous two Bundesliga matches against Cologne (1: 2) and Frankfurt (1: 1) was seen internally as another indication of a disturbed relationship between coach and team. Nonetheless, club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke praised the Swiss’s merits: “We are all grateful to Lucien Favre for his excellent work over the past two and a half years, in which he and his team have won two second championships. As an expert and as a person, Lucien Favre is above all. everyone. Doubt sublime. “

Above all, Favre’s successful dealings with young players will be fondly remembered at BVB. He helped young stars like Jadon Sancho and Giovanni Reyna break through. He also led the club three times in a row in the round of 16 of the Champions League.

With the Terzic interim solution, BVB is gaining time in the upcoming search for a coach. It will not be easy: after Jürgen Klopp’s long successful era (2008 to 2015), four footballers in Thomas Tuchel, Peter Bosz, Peter Stöger and Favre were already worn out.

The collaboration with Favre had started very promising. In the first half of 2018/19, he led BVB to the sovereign Fall Championship, confirming his reputation as a better maker and painstaking worker. But with the less strong second half of the season, in which Borussia lost a nine-point lead over FC Bayern and had to settle for second place, doubts arose for the first time in Dortmund about the former coach of Hertha BSC and Borussia Mönchengladbach.

Since then, there have been repeated headlines about the coach’s missing titles and his lack of motivation. The fact that the coach repeatedly alienated the ambitious goals of club management fit the image of a procrastinator.

A new coach must help to use the great potential of the team. Julian Nagelsmann and Marco Rose are considered as possible preferred candidates. But both the Leipzig coach and Mönchengladbach will be under contract with their clubs after the summer.

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