BVB said goodbye to head coach Lucien Favre after the 1: 5 disgrace against VfB Stuttgart. The club bosses should now have one question: who should be Borussia’s new coach? Chillreport presents candidates.
In the end, even the so often quoted historical points average couldn’t save him: Lucien Favre was fired as coach of Borussia Dortmund just a day after his team’s amateur performance in the 1: 5 home defeat against newly promoted VfB Stuttgart. Previous assistant coach Edin Terzic will take over the team on Tuesday (8.30pm / in the live ticker on Chillreport) in the game against Werder Bremen – and will surprisingly take care of them until the end of the season.
Shortly after the bitter bankruptcy against the Swabians, protagonist Mats Hummels criticized Favre’s tactics – anticipating the end of the Swiss. Because despite a record-breaking 2.01 points per game, Favre’s tenure with BVB in 2018 was not marked by success: the ambitious Borussia team did not win a title in three and a half years under the former Gladbach coach.
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In addition, Favre has just been criticized by the black and yellow following for his introverted nature. Even with backlogs and controversial scenes, the 63-year-old rarely got out of his skin – and was the opposite of spirited Jürgen Klopp, who coached Dortmund between 2008 and 2015, leading to two championships and the Champions League final.
Now club bosses Hans-Joachim Watzke and Michael Zorc face the difficult task of finding a new coach for BVB in the middle of the season. The needs profile must be relatively clear: a proven tactical expert who can further develop and inspire young players with his empathetic character. It is precisely this emotional component that the Dortmund fans should want back.
Chillreport presents seven possible successors to Favre.
1. Mauricio Pochettino (48)
The Argentinian has been out of work since he was fired from Tottenham in November 2019. However, this is not because there is no demand for “Poch”: top clubs such as Bayern Munich, Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona are said to have shown interest in the former international in recent months.
The Argentinian has been out of work since he was fired from Tottenham in November 2019. (Source: PA Images / Image Images)
What speaks for him: Pochettino is a gifted developer. Under his leadership, Tottenham became one of Europe’s top clubs, and with him on the sidelines, the “Spurs” went to the Champions League final in 2019. He dragged ex-HSV talent Heung-min Son into a world-class striker, discovered and promoted current England national players Dele Alli, Harry Winks and Eric Dier, and pushed the construction of New White Hart Lane forward. The BVB guys around Erling Haaland, Giovanne Reyna and Jude Bellingham would come in handy for Pochettino’s way of working.
What contradicts him: A coach who does not respond to questions from Bayern Munich, Juventus Turin and FC Barcelona must have very precise ideas about his next job. His job can’t be cheap either. It’s hard to imagine that even with the best points in the club’s history, BVB did not become a German champion, will soon be able to satisfy Pochettino’s hunger for the title.
2. Massimiliano Allegri (53)
The Italian has been unemployed at Juventus Turin since his contract expired in the summer of 2019. As with Pochettino, there have been rumors about Allegri in recent months. He is said to have been in talks with both Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United.
Massimiliano Allegri: The Italian has been unemployed at Juventus Turin since his contract expired in the summer of 2019. (Source: Pacific Press Agency / Image Images)
What speaks for him: Allegri is success personified. The 53-year-old has collected six Italian championship titles with AC Milan and Juventus Turin since 2011. Allegri is certainly not the clichéd Italian proponent of catenaccio. While at Juve he created the strongest pair of center-backs in the world with Giorgio Chiellini and Leo Bonucci, Allegri’s football is far from defensive destruction. Instead, he lets fast, attacking football play over the wings from a well-organized defense. Such a heavy flank and head tough game would especially BVB striker Erling Haaland enjoy.
What contradicts him: Allegri’s tenure with Juve ended because he simply failed to win the Champions League. He could not fulfill that dream in the coming years with the current BVB. Too much development work should be done with the young talents – an area that is not one of Allegri’s strengths. In addition, he does not represent the furious and attractive football that BVB actually wants to play.
3. Erik ten Hag (50)
The former Bayern-U23 coach has once again formed Ajax Amsterdam into the top team in the Netherlands and led it to the highest European competition. Since then it has been the ideal solution for countless top teams.
Erik ten Hag: His contract with Ajax Amsterdam runs until the summer of 2022. (Source: ANP / imago images)
What speaks for him: Mathijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek – just three names who have become professionals under ten Hag and have grown into world class in a very short time. Ten Hag has an unerring eye for talent and is also very well networked on the South American transfer market. Optimal conditions for a job at BVB, which aims to become the most important talent factory in Europe in the coming years.
What contradicts him: Ten Hag’s contract with Ajax Amsterdam runs until the summer of 2022. He is currently not making any action to want to leave the club prematurely from the canal metropolis. Should BVB want to lose him, they would have to pay a hefty transfer fee. In addition, the ten Hags share cooled down considerably in the past year: Ajax already failed in the group stage of the Champions League in 2019 – and this year the Champions League winner from 1995 only wins in the Europa League.
4. Matthias Sammer (53)
Europe’s Footballer of the Year 1996 led BVB sensationally to the championship in 2002 as a starting coach. He is also currently involved with Dortmund and works as a management consultant at the club.
Matthias Sammer: He is one of the greatest tactics experts in Germany. (Source: Sven Simon / image images)
What speaks for him: Sammer is one of the greatest tactical experts in Germany. As a player, the native Saxon is also able to foresee game situations as a coach and to keep the game on the right track. He also knows the Dortmund area like the back of his hand. His engagement would excite the black and yellow following.
What contradicts him: Sammer has not been a head coach for 15 years. Instead, the thought leader has exhausted himself in the past as an officer for the further development of football. After a serious illness during his time with record champions Bayern Munich, Sammer is taking it easy, staying in the background. It’s hard to imagine he would do the Bundesliga’s day-to-day high-voltage field again. This was also confirmed by moderator Jan Henkel, who analyzed the Bundesliga together with Sammer until the summer of 2019. A return to the coach seat can be “100 percent” ruled out at this point.
Paulo Sousa (50)
Another candidate with a BVB past: the Portuguese won the Champions League in 1997 with Borussia. Sousa has been out of work since he left Girondins Bordeaux as a coach in August 2020.
Paulo Sousa: The Portuguese won the Champions League with Borussia in 1997. (Source: Panoramic / Image Images)
What speaks for him: The 50-year-old is a fluid change trainer. Sousa saw promising talents become top performers at both FC Basel and AC Florence and his last stop in France. Actors like Dan-Axel Zagadou, who still haven’t completely discarded the title “talent”, could take the decisive step under him at BVB.
What contradicts him: Sousa has never provided a club as big as BVB. Although he has already celebrated championship titles in Switzerland and Israel, he was unable to significantly correct table positions upwards in Florence and Bordeaux. The question is whether he is the coach who would set FC Bayern on fire.
6. Edin Terzic (38)
The Croat will take over Borussia Dortmund on an interim basis until the end of the 2020/2021 season. Should he convince with his work in the next six months, his chances of promotion to head coach should also increase.
Edin Terzic: The Croat will take over Borussia Dortmund on an interim basis until the end of the 2020/2021 season. (Source: Review photo / image images)
What speaks for him: Terzic is from Dortmund: in 2010 he started as a scout under Jürgen Klopp, he managed several BVB junior teams as an assistant coach until 2013 before his fellow countryman Slaven Bilic recruited him as an assistant and worked with him at Besiktas Istanbul and West Ham United. The 38-year-old has been back in Dortmund since 2018. Under Favre, he was especially persuasive in day-to-day training as an asset and driver, as an empathetic shoulder to lean on – i.e., with strengths that Favre was often denied. The players know and appreciate him. Now it is up to him to take on the new responsibility.
What contradicts him: Terzic is not an assistant coach of Hansi Flick status. His promotion after the departure of Niko Kovac at FC Bayern was to be expected, after all Flick had sharpened his profile at the DFB for years. Despite his nearly ten years at BVB, Terzic has too many strangers for the club. The chance that the Dortmunders make plans for the coming years with a coach who is so inexperienced as a decision-maker is currently still small. But that could change with good results.