Dortmund (dpa) – Placeholder for Marco Rose or permanent solution as trainer: 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 previous boss Lucien Favre on Monday to quickly react 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’ve shown so many good things in the past, we have to remember and keep a lot of things,” said Terzic, who is appreciated and loved by the club. The former regional league player is likely to have further added plus points in the appendix with his confident but not overly investigative 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 in the stadium for the first time when I was nine years old. After that it was clear to whom the heart is beating. I never dreamed of becoming a head coach here.”
The bosses hope for more emotions from the new head coach than from the down-to-earth, analytical Swiss Favre, who after two and a half years after three league games without a win and the form curve of the team had to leave considerably. Sports director Michael Zorc praised Terzic, who returned to BVB in 2018 after serving as Slaven Bilic’s assistant coach at 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 good chance for Terzic to step up as head coach. At BVB. A role that the 38-year-old is said to be looking for in any case.
“The contract will initially run until the summer,” said Zorc, leaving the option open to continue with the fan on BVB’s coach bench if Terzic was successful. “Summer is a long way away, we’ll get to that later,” Zorc announced.
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 club boss Hans-Joachim Watzke should have discovered Klopp’s image in his buddy 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 into 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 were interpreted as meaning that Rose had an exit clause in the summer. “That’s not my decision, it’s the decision of someone who can then make an offer – or not,” said Eberl despite Rose’s contract in Gladbach until 2022. On Monday, Gladbach’s sports director said: “If a coach wanted to leave, it has. no use 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 leap to Leipzig, should envision an international club above the BVB level.
Meanwhile, Terzic seems to be fully focused on his new role and perhaps his unique opportunity. “It is, of course, something with emotionality. As a coach, you have to fulfill different roles,” said Terzic, both determined and thoughtful. “There has to be a tough decision now – out of my mouth,” said the previous player mate. Terzic seems ready.