Dortmund (AP) – Bundesliga football club Borussia Dortmund has been separated from coach Lucien Favre. As the club announced, decision-makers at BVB have come to a unanimous agreement after the 1: 5 (1: 1) home debacle against VfB Stuttgart.
Edin Terzic (38), formerly assistant to Favre, will act as head coach until the end of the season and took over the preparation for Tuesday’s away game at Werder Bremen in the afternoon. The previous U17 coach Sebastian Geppert (36) and top talent coach Otto Addo (45) should support him. Favre’s other assistant coach Manfred Stefes was fired with immediate effect. The newspaper “Bild” had previously reported about the divorce with the Swiss head coach.
“It is difficult for us to take this step,” sports director Michael Zorc quoted in the club announcement. “Nonetheless, we believe that the recent negative developments in the current situation seriously jeopardize the achievement of our seasonal targets and that we should therefore act.” BVB Director Hans-Joachim Watzke thanked 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 a professional and as a person, Lucien Favre is beyond doubt.”
Favre himself said he regretted the divorce. “I think it is a shame that we are going in different directions here. We have had two very successful years and have a team that would have played a successful season this year as well. I am still convinced of that,” said the Swiss. from the German news agency.
The contract with the 63-year-old football player ran until the end of the season. Given the continuing downward trend with three home defeats in a row, the club top was forced to take this step. The desperate action against VfB cost Favre the last remaining reputation.
The club’s management would have liked to work with Favre at least until the end of the contract in the summer to gain more time to look for a successor. After all, there are currently few alternatives on the coaching market. But concerns about missing out on next season’s Champions League qualifying, which is particularly important in Corona times, have increased the pressure to get into action.
Now the Revierclub has to look for a trainer again. After the long successful era of Jürgen Klopp (2008 to 2015), four footballers in Thomas Tuchel, Peter Bosz, Peter Stöger and Favre were already worn out. 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.