Borussia Dortmund have sacked their manager Marco Rose in his sole season at the club, with Edin Terzic set to step in and succeed the 45 year old.
Rose led Dortmund to yet another second-placed finish in the Bundesliga losing out to their fierce rivals Bayern Munich, but the nail in the coffin was their embarrassing early exit at the European Group stage.
The news was confirmed in an official statement via the clubs website today.
The statement read: ‘Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and coach Marco Rose are ending their collaboration. This is the result of an intensive season analysis on Thursday, in which Rose was joined by Hans-Joachim Watzke (CEO), Michael Zorc (Sports Director), Sebastian Kehl (Head of the Licensed Players Department) and Matthias Sammer (external consultant).
Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and Sebastian Kehl would like to thank Marco Rose for the work he has done, his great commitment and the trusting discussions and wish him all the best for his private and sporting future.
‘Rose’s assistant trainer Alexander Zickler as well as René Maric and athletic trainer Patrick Eibenberger will also no longer work for BVB in the future. BVB would also like to thank them for the work they have done and their commitment during the 2021/22 season.
‘Borussia Dortmund will hold talks about the composition of the future coaching team in the coming days.’
CEO Watzke added: ‘This day is not an easy one for any of us, because the mutual respect among each other was, is and remains great. After a season that was unsatisfactory for various reasons, we had to realize that we didn’t get the most out of our opportunities in many areas.’
Rose appeared disappointed by the decision, saying: ‘Despite a difficult season with many imponderables, I was convinced of our path.
Dortmund’s issues in Europe appear to be the main reason behind Rose’s departure.
Dortmund was drawn in a group alongside Ajax, Sporting Lisbon and Besiktas, the German club failed to finish inside the top two as they were knocked out of the Champions League before Christmas.
They then suffered defeat at the first stage in the Europe League when they were beaten 6-4 on aggregate in the play-off round by eventual finalists Rangers.
Dortmund faired better in the Bundesliga although still fell short where it mattered most ending the campaign eight points adrift of Bayern Munich, and lost three of their final seven league matches as they failed to mount a serious title challenge.
With the news this past week of losing their talisman and star striker Erling Haaland to Manchester City, a time for change has been decided upon.
(image Credits Bundesliga PR)