Dortmund (AP) – Placeholder for Marco Rose or permanent solution as a coach: BVB fan Edin Terzic wants to bring his heart club Borussia Dortmund back to its old strength and use his chance as head coach in the Bundesliga.
The only 38-year-old former assistant coach decided after taking office from former boss Lucien Favre on Monday to react very quickly to the devastating 5-1 on Saturday against promoted VfB Stuttgart. “There just isn’t enough time for nervousness,” said Terzic, who will be challenged on Tuesday in Werder Bremen (8.30pm / Sky).
“We have shown so many good things in the past, we have to remember many things, we have to keep them,” said Terzic, who is appreciated and loved by the club. The former regional league player should have garnered even more plus points in the appendix with his confident but not overly brutal performance, showing authentic love for the club.
“That’s an incredible situation,” said Terzic, proud of his new role. “I am also a product of this club. I was here for the first time at the stadium as a nine-year-old. After that it was clear to whom the heart is beating. I never dared to dream of becoming head coach here.”
The bosses hope for more emotions from the new head coach than from the down-to-earth, analytical Swiss Favre, who had to leave the team after two and a half years after three league games without a win and a significantly declining form curve. Sports director Michael Zorc praised Terzic, who returned to BVB in 2018 after serving as Slaven Bilic’s assistant coach in Besiktas Istanbul and West Ham United, as a “proven expert and good guy”.
Terzic pointed out quite self-critically that he was already part of the previous Favre coaching team: “I am also responsible for what happened on Saturday. But now there is a chance to fix it.” Despite all the rumors about Dortmund’s interest in Borussia Mönchengladbach’s coach Marco Rose, there may also be a great opportunity for Terzic to step up as head coach. At BVB. A role that the 38-year-old is said to be aiming for in any case.
“The contract will run until the summer at first,” said Zorc, leaving the option open to continue with the fan on BVB’s coach bench if Terzic was successful. “Summer is far away, we’ll get to that later,” Zorc announced. Club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke described it as a “dynamic” process that takes place in the summer. “So nothing is clear. At some point we’ll see what we do,” said Watzke on “Bild Live”.
Terzic could also potentially play the role of an emotional, authentic BVB coach that bosses have been wanting so badly since Jürgen Klopp left in 2015. For weeks it has been rumored that Watzke would have discovered Klopp’s image in his friend Rose. According to information from the “Ruhr-Nachrichten”, there has been contact with Rose for some time, who has only just led the smaller Borussia to the second round of the Champions League. The talks with the 44-year-old are already far, but nothing has been decided yet. “We are happy to have Marco with us,” Gladbach’s sports director Max Eberl said on Sky on Monday. “We want to go into the future with Marco Rose. That is our goal.”
Statements made by Eberl in the “Current Sports Studio” on ZDF on Saturday have in part been interpreted to mean that Rose has an exit clause in the summer. “That’s not my decision, it’s the decision of someone to make an offer – or not,” said Eberl despite Rose’s contract in Gladbach until 2022. Monday, Eberl said, “If a coach wanted to leave, it wouldn’t make sense. if there was no clause. “
In the past, in addition to Rose, Julian Nagelsmann from RB Leipzig, Jesse Marsch from Salzburg and Adi Hütter from Frankfurt were mentioned. In the past, Nagelsmann had often shown his affection for FC Bayern Munich and, as a career jump to Leipzig, would be an international club above BVB level.
Meanwhile, Terzic seems to be fully focused on his new role and perhaps his unique opportunity. “Emotions are of course a thing of the past. You have to play different roles as a coach,” Terzic said firmly and reflectively. “There has to be a tough decision now – from my mouth,” said the previous player buddy. Terzic seems ready.