Borussia Dortmund part company with Thomas Tuchel
Borussia Dortmund have parted company with manager Thomas Tuchel after two seasons. The decision was taken after a meeting was held between Chief Executive Hans-Joachim Watzke, Sporting Director Michael Zorc, Thomas Tuchel and his agent Olaf Meinking on Tuesday.
Tuchel was the first to announce the news on his official Twitter account after he set it up just over an hour before his departure.
Danke an die Fans, an die Mannschaft, an den Staff und an alle, die uns unterstützt haben. Wünsche dem @BVB alles Gute. TT
— Thomas Tuchel (@TTuchelofficial) May 30, 2017
“I am grateful for two beautiful, eventful and exciting years. Too bad that it does not go [on]. Thanks to the fans, to the team, to the staff and to all who supported us. Wishes the @BVB all the best. TT.”
Tuchel had two wonderful seasons with BVB which culminated in a DFB-Pokal title last Saturday when Dortmund defeated Eitracht Frankfurt 2-1.
— Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) May 27, 2017
Tuchel joined Dortmund ahead of the 2015-16 season and lead them to the highest points tally ever achieved by a runners-up team in the Bundesliga in his first season in-charge. He earned huge praises for re-introducing an attractive style of attacking play that went missing during Jürgen Klopp’s final season in-charge. Dortmund finished this season at the 3rd place after a phenomenal performance by promoted RB Leipzig saw them finish ahead of them at 2nd.
Dortmund released a statement on their official website stating:
“Eight-time German champions Borussia Dortmund and coach Thomas Tuchel are parting company with immediate effect. This is the result of a conversation between Chief Executive Officer Hans-Joachim Watzke, Sporting Director Michael Zorc, Thomas Tuchel and his advisor Olaf Meinking, which took place on Tuesday.”
“We would like to thank Thomas Tuchel and his coaching staff for the sporting success they have brought to BVB, which reached a deserved climax last Saturday when the club beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the DFB Cup final in Berlin. We wish Thomas Tuchel nothing but the best for his future professional endeavours.”
Dortmund are set to pay Tuchel a fee of around €2 million in compensation as he had one year left in his contract.
Former Borussia Mönchengladbach and current OGC Nice coach Lucien Favre is the leading candidate to take over the Dortmund role while Tuchel has been linked with a move to Bayer Leverkusen after Tayfun Korkut left the club at the end of the season.